Yosemite National Park, with its soaring peaks, pine forests, lush meadows and crashing waterfalls, is one of the most spectacular open spaces in the US. Book into a Yosemite National Park hotel and explore world-famous sights such as Half Dome, El Capitan, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. And they’re just for starters – there are countless other beauty spots waiting to be discovered, particularly on Yosemite’s less visited eastern side.
Where to Stay Near Yosemite National Park
Whatever your accommodation needs, you’ll find a great selection of hotels in Yosemite National Park, ranging from sprawling mountain resorts to charming country inns and roadside motels. The widest selection of Yosemite accommodation can be found in the towns and villages to the south, west and east of the park. Small communities such as Fish Camp and El Portal have some lovely lodges and inns and have the added benefit of being close to Yosemite’s entrance gates. If you prefer to stay in a town take a look at the hotels available in Oakhurst, Mariposa, Sonora or Jamestown.
Staying on the East Side of Yosemite
There are further accommodation options available to the east of the park, in Lee Vining, June Lake and Mammoth Lakes. This area has some spectacular scenery of its own and visiting eastern Yosemite means that you’ll be able to see some beautiful places without the crowds. If you do choose a hotel in the Mammoth Lakes area just be aware that you can only travel into the park from here in the summer as the Tioga Pass is closed all winter due to the heavy snowfall and ice.
Highlights of Yosemite National Park
The great outdoors is really the highlight of Yosemite National Park. The park covers almost 1,200 square miles, and as well as its iconic rock formations, lakes and forests it’s home to an amazing range of wildlife. Look out for eagles, ground squirrels, mule deer, bighorn sheep and even bears. Popular beauty spots include Tunnel View, Bridalveil Fall, Cathedral Lakes, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point.
Hit the Trails: Exploring Yosemite on Foot
Yosemite National Park is criss-crossed by over 800 miles of hiking trails, ranging from short, accessible walks to challenging day hikes. Accessible, family-friendly options include the route to Lower Yosemite Falls from Yosemite Village, and serious hikers will want to apply for a permit to ascend Half Dome. It’s a tough walk, but the views from the top are stunning.
Climbing, Kayaking, Biking and More
Rock climbers flock to Yosemite National Park for its varied, scenic ascents. The most famous is the sheer rock face known as El Capitan, but there’s plenty for novice climbers too, with beginners’ lessons available in the park. Don’t fancy rock climbing? There’s plenty more on offer in Yosemite – try your hand at rafting, kayaking, mountain biking or horse riding, or come in winter to have a go at snow shoeing and cross-country skiing.
Whether you’re coming to admire the scenery or enjoy some serious outdoor adventure, you’ll find Yosemite quickly gets under your skin. Book into a Yosemite National Park hotel today and get exploring…