Thank Abraham Lincoln: he signed the Yosemite Grant in 1864, creating the federally-protected parkland that became Yosemite National Park in 1916. This east-facing view shows Route 120 winding up to Tenaya Lake, running parallel to Yosemite Valley. The Merced River carved the Valley out of a whole lot of granite, leaving free-climber magnet El Capitan and the iconic Half Dome. Take a drive in the off-season if you’re into redwoods, waterfalls and alpine lakes.
100% cotton blanket. Wash in cold water, gentle cycle, line dry.
Illustration by Tau Rho Alpha, U.S. Geological Survey.
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