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Mount Whitney
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The majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range, the highest on the continent, is an outdoor-adventure seeker’s paradise. The range is home to the largest, deepest, alpine lake in North America, glorious wilderness areas with ancient pines and giant sequoias, spectacular falls, tranquil valleys and meadowlands, resorts, historic Old West towns, and the best snow sports in America.

The main highlights of this spectacular region are:

. Yosemite National Park is the main tourist attraction in the whole area. It is one of the most diverse national parks and a treat for lovers of the outdoor.  Yosemite National Park is filled with stunning features, such as waterfalls and granite domes.  In fact, Yosemite Valley, Hetchy Hetchy Valley and Kings Canyon are all beautiful, glacially-scoured canyons on the west side of the Sierra.

 . Lake Tahoe lies between the main Sierra and the Carson Range, a spur of the Sierra and Tahoe City is an ideal place from which to explore. Lake Tahoe is a large, clear freshwater lake in the northern Sierra Nevada, with an elevation of 6225 feet (1,897 m) and an area of 191 square miles (489 km²). Lake Mono is smaller but equally beautiful.

. Mount Whitney, at 14,505 feet (4,421 m), is the highest point in the continental United States.

. Groves of Giant Sequoias occur along a narrow band of altitude on the western side of the Sierra Nevada. Giant Sequoias are the most massive trees in the world.

The height of the mountains in the Sierra Nevada gradually increases from north to south. Thus, the crest near Lake Tahoe is roughly 9000 ft (2,700 m) high, the crest near Yosemite National Park is roughly 13000 ft (4,000 m) high, and the entire range attains its peak at Mount Whitney. South of Mount Whitney, the range quickly diminishes in elevation.


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