In Miwok, the name “Yosemite” means “killer” which originally referred to the name of a rebel tribe that was driven out of the area and probably destroyed by the Mariposa Battalion. Previously, the area was called “Ahwahnee” which means “big mouth” by native people. It is popular for its gigantic ancient redwoods, as well as for Half Dome, Tunnel View and the iconic panorama of the towering Bridalveil Falls and the granite cliffs of El Capitan. In the village of Yosemite, you’ll find shops, restaurants, accommodations, the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery, with impressions of the photographer’s famous black and white landscapes.
Alcatraz Island provides a detailed insight into the location of the First Lighthouse and the US West Coast Fortress, the notorious Federal Penitentiary, which has long been closed to the public, and the history of the 18-month occupation by Indians of all tribes. The historic rock also has a natural side: gardens, tidal pools, bird colonies and unrivaled views of the bay.
The common name for three waterfalls is Niagara Falls, which is located on both sides of the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the US state of New York. The three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls, from largest to smallest. The Horseshoe Falls remains on the border of the United States and Canada with the American Falls altogether on the side of United States, divided by Goat Island. The smaller Bridal Veil Falls are also laid on the United States’ side and separated from the American Falls by Luna Island.