Visiting Yosemite this summer? Here's what you need to know

Reservations are required to enter Yosemite National Park this summer as the pandemic continues. Here are some of the places to check out during your visit.

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EMMY VICTOR: Yosemite National Park is tucked away in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. As one of the oldest national parks, its 1,200 square miles has everything from the oldest trees to the tallest waterfalls in North America.

DALLAS ACOSTA: Real green, real quiet, nice stream. The waterfall was beautiful. I should have just worn a jacket, though. A little bit colder than I expected.

EMMY VICTOR: There are five entrances into Yosemite, and each of them lead to small towns with popular attractions, from Wawona, home of the Yosemite History Center and Wawona Hotel, to Fish Camp, where you can find the Sugar Pine Railroad.

AURORA LABRENZ: From the moment you go in to the moment you're coming out, there's always something to do or see.

EMMY VICTOR: As the pandemic continues and summer approaches, Yosemite is requiring reservations for anyone looking to enjoy the park from May 21 through September 30. A similar system was in place last year. However, the number of visitors being let into the park this year is increasing. And some campgrounds and hotels kept closed in 2020 are reopening for guests in 2021.

For AccuWeather, I'm Emmy Victor.