Four million people visit Yosemite each year, but your experience doesn't have to leave you drowning in crowds. The park, located within the Sierra Nevada mountain range covers a remarkable 1,170 square miles of rugged, breathtaking scenery. So there are plenty of lesser-traveled trails ripe for exploration.

MF Fantasy: Hike the Half Dome. The rigorous 16-mile round-trip hike up this incredible granite cliff takes you to the peak. There, you'll stand nearly 4,800 feet above the floor of Yosemite Valley and marvel at the wonder.

Bonus Tip: Explore some of Yosemite's most breathtaking landmarks—including its waterfalls, canyons and stunning rock domes—on Timberline's six-day hiking adventure. This expedition departs in September and includes lodging, meals, park entrance fees, guides, maps and shuttles.