It’s often said that everyone should visit Yosemite National Park at least once and it’s still possible to do so if you’re on a budget. There is some great budget accommodation nearby and an excellent system of buses travelling between the main towns and key sights within the park.
1 Star Hotels near Yosemite National Park
Sonora, Mammoth Lakes and El Portal have some great one-star lodges and inns. Sonora is to the west of Yosemite National Park, El Portal is to the south and Mammoth Lakes to the east. Some of these one-star hotels even have swimming pools, spa tubs and saunas making them a great choice for a relaxing break. If you’re travelling with children then look out for a hotel with a kids’ pool.
Getting to Yosemite National Park
YARTS buses run from most locations around the park to Yosemite Village in the summer months, and free shuttles operate between Yosemite Village and nearby sights. Note that there is a reduced bus service in winter, and no access to Yosemite from Mammoth Lakes due to heavy snowfall.
Exploring from Yosemite Village
From Yosemite Village you can visit the park’s visitor centre to pick up more information about exploring the park. The Yosemite Falls, North America’s tallest waterfall, is just a short walk from the visitor centre and can be reached by several routes, varying from gentle to tough. Tunnel View, El Capitan and Half Dome are all near to Yosemite Village and served by the free shuttle bus. < /p>
Outdoor Activities in Yosemite
If you love the great outdoors then you’ll love Yosemite. There are countless opportunities to explore the stunning natural landscape here on foot, on mountain bike or even on horseback. In winter, there are some great cross-country skiing trails to enjoy. And the whole park is paradise for rock climbers. Serious climbers can take on the El Capitan challenge, but there are many climbing places for beginners to have a go in the park, too.< /p>
Save money on accommodation by staying in a one-star hotel near Yosemite National Park.