Google has just released a pretty interesting infographic. Using data compiled from Google Maps, it shows what people in various countries searched for in terms of activities and landmarks (using Google Maps) over this summer. Apparently, Americans love going paintballing, camping and to the beach. The top three American landmark searches was Death Valley National Park, Redwood National Park, and Yosemite National Park. At first I was actually quite surprised that Death Valley and Redwood National Park was the top two, beating other more well-known landmarks such as the Grand Canyon, Niagra Falls, and Times Square. But then I remembered that this is coming from Google Maps. I suppose people need more help finding out how to get to these lesser-known locales.
Being in the SF Bay Area, it’s only natural that I’ve been to Yosemite a few times. The park, unfortunately, has been in the news a lot lately because of the hantavirus. It’s been reported that there’s been a lot of cancellations, which just shows how scared people are because some of those summer reservations are MIGHTY hard to secure. Hopefully, no one else gets ill from the virus and the park rangers and researchers continue to have a handle the situation. It would be a shame if such a beautiful place continues to be tainted with bad news. Here are some of my favorite snaps from Yosemite:
Since lodging inside the park is quite pricey and I’m not a tent camping kinda gal, I’ve always stayed outside in a privately-rented vacation home or budget motel. Last time, we stayed at Miners Inn Motel in Mariposa. No frills, cheap (comparatively) and close.
I’ve done both the Valley Floor and Glacier Point tours and would recommend the Glacier Point one if you have the time. Hiking up to Taft Point and Vernal Fall was amazing. Hopefully, in a future trip, I’ll finally spot a bear!