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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is one of the world’s most celebrated open spaces, forming the heart of a long strip of protected land that runs north-to-south along California’s eastern border. Imposing rock formations rise over mirror-like lakes, peaceful meadows and shady forests. Strike out on the park’s miles of hiking, ou and horse-riding trails, or head east to discover world-class skiing and snowboarding resorts. This is the American wilderness at its best – a grand landscape of granite monoliths, pine forests, crashing waterfalls and historic Gold Rush towns.

Head to Yosemite Village for a beginner’s introduction to the park. Drop into the official visitor centre to pick up maps and activity recommendations, then grab a bite to eat in a local restaurant and plan the days ahead. If you’re not driving, you can jump on a free shuttle bus from Yosemite Village to some of the park’s most iconic sights.

With 800 miles of trails to choose from, hiking is one of the best and most popular ways to see Yosemite. Try the trail to Lower Yosemite Falls and feel the spray of North America’s tallest waterfall on your face. If you’re a serious hiker, apply for a permit to climb Half Dome, an iconic granite cliff that rises high above the surrounding hills. The views are spectacular, and it’s so popular that permits are distributed by lottery.

Explore the east of Yosemite National Park to discover some lesser-visited sights. Enjoy a riverside stroll and picnic at peaceful Tuolumne Meadows, with the stunning Cathedral Peak in the distance. At Mono Lake, admire the unusual limestone formations that rise from the water, then head north to visit the Gold Rush ‘ghost town’ of Bodie.

Looking for something to get the adrenaline pumping? Try rafting on the stunning Merced River, or tackle some of Yosemite’s famous rock climbing, which ranges from easy ascents to the sheer face of El Capitan. In the colder months, strap on snow shoes or cross-country skis - Yosemite is beautiful all year round, and snow and ice bring a new drama to its mountains and forests.


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Yosemite Valley Lodge £185
Yosemite Valley Lodge

Yosemite Valley Lodge

9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yosemite Valley and Yosemite Falls. Yosemite Visitor Center is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away.

    Yosemite View Lodge £94
    Yosemite View Lodge

    Yosemite View Lodge

    11136 Highway 140, El Portal, CA
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Yosemite National Park and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Yosemite Arch Rock Gate Entrance. Yosemite Valley and Tunnel View are also within 12 miles (20 km).

      The Ahwahnee £360
      The Ahwahnee

      The Ahwahnee

      9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a national park, this historic hotel is steps away from Ahwahnee Meadow and Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Visitor Center are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite £125
        Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

        Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

        1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp, CA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Fish Camp resort is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Sierra National Forest and Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. Mariposa Grove and Wawona Golf Course are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Curry Village
          Curry Village

          Curry Village

          9010 Curry Village Dr., Yosemite National Park, CA
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Yosemite National Park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yosemite Mountaineering School and Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Visitor Center are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Large Vacation Home, Former B&b, Inside Yosemite
            Large Vacation Home, Former B&b, Inside Yosemite

            Large Vacation Home, Former B&b, Inside Yosemite

            7210 Yosemite Park Way, Yosemite National Park, CA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Yosemite National Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Sierra National Forest. Yosemite Valley and Badger Pass Ski Area are also within 9 miles (15 km).

              Scenic Wonders Yosemite Park Place 3 Bedrooms
              Scenic Wonders Yosemite Park Place 3 Bedrooms

              Scenic Wonders Yosemite Park Place 3 Bedrooms

              7507 Yosemite Park Way, Yosemite National Park, CA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cabin is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Yosemite National Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Sierra National Forest. Yosemite Valley and Badger Pass Ski Area are also within 9 miles (15 km).

                Custom Cottage, Fireplace, Views, A/c, Private Deck, Central to Yosemite Park
                Custom Cottage, Fireplace, Views, A/c, Private Deck, Central to Yosemite Park

                Custom Cottage, Fireplace, Views, A/c, Private Deck, Central to Yosemite Park

                7284 Buck Brush Lane, Yosemite West, Yosemite National Park, CA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the mountains, this romantic cottage is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Yosemite National Park and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Sierra National Forest. Yosemite Valley and Badger Pass Ski Area are also within 9 miles (15 km).