America's most popular national parks
It's Day 2 of summer. If you don't have vacation plans yet, you're behind. Fortunately, there's an easy solution. Visit one of America's 58 national parks. They encompass some of the country's best natural sights, including Alaska's pristine wilderness, Yellowstone's hot springs, Utah's rock formations and Hawaii's volcanoes. As a starting point for your vacation planning, here's a look at the 10 most-visited in 2011.
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( Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times )
Visitors in 2009 (through August): 2.7 million
Yosemite National Park lies east of San Francisco in the Sierra Nevada and offers visitors a varied landscape of deep valleys, vast meadows and groves of giant sequoia trees. Ninety-five percent of the park is designated as wilderness. It's best known for its spectacular waterfalls, which are at their most robust in spring.
Hiking to the top of Yosemite Falls
Yosemite suited to a Model T
Tips for happy Yosemite National Park camping
Car critic's dream: trip to Yosemite -- in an Airstream
FOR THE RECORD:
National parks: A previous version incorrectly said that Yosemite National Park lies west of San Francisco. The park is located in the Sierra Nevada east of the city. —