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El Capitan

Yosemite National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
Activities: Rock climbing
Description: Challenging, popular rock to climb in Yosemite.
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Fantastic to see, you can't believe just how big it is until you see the climbers on it as tiny little dots. The best part is just below it off the road. There is a little beach next to the river, and the river is great for paddling and swimming in.

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Harrisburg, Pa.
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170 reviews 170 reviews
49 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

El Capitan is amazing at a distance. However, once you actually get to it, you can even describe its majesty. Even my teens said, 'Wow!'. If you need to, take the shuttles, it can save some walking. There is a separate schedule for the El Capitan bus. It is so well worth the trip to see it up close.

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Prague
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

What I can say more? You have to be down in the valley, look at this big Captain and feel the majesty of those mountains.

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Monroeville, Pennsylvania
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86 reviews 86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Here's a hint for a close up look at El Capitan that I found - and used - in a hiking guide. Park (or shuttle) to El Capitan Meadow and tak a few photos, but the real fun is to walk to the base. Basically you will find an unmarked, but well worn path across the road from the meadow... More

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Topeka, Kansas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Beyond words. You kust have to see!!!! Get there now!!!!! Watched climbers on the face. It was an amazing veiw!!!!

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Austin TX
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71 reviews 71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I was completely overwhelmed with El Capitan. Being so close to this magnificent chunk of granite was a little like being in a movie. Learning about and watching the climbers on the face of that rock was crazy and amazing.

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San Rafael, CA
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124 reviews 124 reviews
41 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We always stop to watch for rock climbers but don't always see them; it's fun to try and spot 'em tho. Bring binoculars.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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92 reviews 92 reviews
24 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Magnificent mountain. On the day we were there we saw 3 climbers halfway up who looked like tiny dots. It made us realize how insignificant we are as human beings...

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Kerrville, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We have a season pass to Yosemite, there is so much to do. I would not suggest most of the hikes to kids and I recommend you be prepared for every type of situation. And I can not stress enough, take LOTS of water. We come across hikers that have either run out of water or never brought any to... More

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West Sussex
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Fantastic views from Glacier Point which are breath taking as you marvel at the forces of nature that have shaped the landscape. Not to be missed

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