more about: Yosemite

The problem with Yosemite’s big, bad news

There are certain travel icons that should never be re-named: The Eiffel Tower. The Statue of Liberty. The Taj Mahal.

So yesterday, when the news broke that The Ahwahnee, among other Yosemite National Park facilities, is being rebranded because of a trademark dispute with Delaware North, my heart sank in my chest.

3 ways to enjoy Yosemite in winter

Half Dome sporting a snowy cap, ice-skating at Curry Village—these are just some of the pleasures of a winter visit to Yosemite National Park. One more: relative solitude. The park gets only one-fifth as many visitors in January as in July. Dan Koeppel shares the best ways to experience the park in all its winter glory.

Happy 125th birthday, Yosemite!

125 years ago, more than 700,000 acres of unadulterated wilderness officially became a California landmark.

Free tomorrow: National parks, museums across the West

Francis Scott Key nailed it: America is “the land of the free.” Even Pope Francis noted this in his talk to Congress on Thursday. And tomorrow, national parks and museums across the country will open their doors and let visitors in free.