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There are over 100 independent hotels in and around Yosemite National Park, so whatever your requirements you’re likely to find an independent hotel that suits you. Most of the major towns and villages close to the park offer independent accommodation.
You’ll find independent Yosemite accommodation in both rural and town locations. Choose a small inn in the country with a pretty garden and a homely atmosphere, or a historic hotel in the heart of Jamestown, a former Gold Rush hotspot with some excellent local museums. Looking for something bigger? Look out for spacious independent resorts that offer extensive landscaped grounds and masses of leisure facilities, from spas and pools to on-site restaurants.
If you have your own transport, exploring Yosemite is easy – but even if you don’t, there are good local bus services that will take you straight to Yosemite Village. Most visitors start from here. It’s home to the Yosemite visitor centre and is a good gateway to the iconic sights of Yosemite Valley, including Yosemite Falls, El Capitan and the Glacier Point lookout station. In the summer months, free shuttles from Yosemite Village will take you to some of the most popular attractions.
Hiking is one of the best ways to explore Yosemite, and there are over 800 miles of trails to explore. You don’t have to be a hardened hiker to get involved – popular easy routes include the trail to Yosemite Falls, North America’s tallest waterfall. The loop trail to Lower Yosemite Fall from Yosemite Village takes around 30 minutes and is mostly flat.
If you appreciate the personal touch of an independent hotel, you’ll also enjoy browsing some of the small independent shops in Yosemite’s towns and villages. Look out for local art galleries in Mariposa and Oakhurst, and a wide range of souvenir and craft shops in Yosemite Village itself.
There’s so much to see and do in Yosemite National Park. Choose one of Yosemite’s independent hotels for a comfortable base with a distinct local flavour.