Yosemite National Park is a national park in eastern central California known for its grand waterfalls, impressive granite cliffs, towering sequoias, and vast wilderness. The bulk of visitors to Yosemite converge on Yosemite Valley, an 18 km2 glacier-carved valley where most of the park facilities and natural landmarks are located. On our visit to Yosemite last February 2013, we stopped at Tunnel View, a viewpoint at the end of Wawona Tunnel, where three of Yosemite’s prominent landmarks can be seen in one frame: El Capitan granite cliff on the left, Bridalveil Falls on the right, and Half Dome straight ahead in the center.
Getting There: Yosemite Valley is a 4 hour drive (210mi/336km) east of San Francisco on the CA-99 and CA-140 state routes. An alternative during the peak season is to park your vehicle at Merced and take the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) bus service to the park.
The Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome (officially the Hiroshima Peace Memorial) was the only structure around the area left almost intact when an atomic bomb obliterated Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. In 1966, Hiroshima’s city council decided that the dome should be preserved as a memorial to peace and as a statement against nuclear weapons. Reizel and I went on a weekend trip to Hiroshima last April 2009 during her business trip in Tokyo.
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Getting There: Miag-ao is less than an hour (40 kilometers) by bus or jeepney from Iloilo City.
Getting There: Hakone is located about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo. The Hakone Free Pass by Odakyu Railways (in 2 or 3 day variants) is convenient for travel to Hakone, as it includes a round trip from Tokyo on Odakyu Railways and unlimited rides on buses, trains, boats and cable cars in the Hakone area.