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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 View Lodge

Yosemite View Lodge

11136 Highway 140, El Portal
3.8
of 5, from 5,269 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from El Portal Market and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Yosemite Arch Rock Gate Entrance. Bridalveil Fall and Tunnel View are also within 12 miles (20 km).

The Pines Resort

The Pines Resort

54432 N Shore Road, Bass Lake
3.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Bass Lake resort is located on a lake, 3.7 mi (5.9 km) from Bass lake Recreation Area, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Fresno Flats Historical Park and Golden Chain Theater. Children's Museum of the Sierra and Sierra Fly Fisher Tours are also within 12 miles (20 km).

Mammoth Mountain Inn

Mammoth Mountain Inn

10400 Minaret Rd., Mammoth Lakes
3.7
of 5, from 1,047 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the mountains, this Mammoth Lakes hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access within 3 mi (5 km) of Sierra Star Golf Course, Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center and Mammoth Ski Museum. Devil's Postpile National Monument and Rainbow Falls are also within 16 mi (25 km).

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp
4.3
of 5, from 2,006 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Fish Camp resort is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad and Yosemite South Entrance. Mariposa Grove and Nelder Grove Trail are also within 9 miles (15 km).

Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn

Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn

40530 Highway 41, Oakhurst
4.2
of 5, from 1,667 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Oakhurst, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Children's Museum of the Sierra and Sierra Fly Fisher Tours. Fresno Flats Historical Park and Golden Chain Theater are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£62
Cedar Lodge

Cedar Lodge

9966 Highway 140, El Portal
3.5
of 5, from 3,328 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is 4.9 mi (7.9 km) from El Portal Market and 8.3 mi (13.3 km) from Yosemite Arch Rock Gate Entrance. Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall are also within 20 miles (32 km).

Tamarack Lodge Resort

Tamarack Lodge Resort

163 Twin Lakes Rd, Mammoth Lakes
3.8
of 5, from 322 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Conveniently near to skiing facilities, this Mammoth Lakes hotel is located in the mountains within 3 miles (5 km) of Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center, Eagle Express and Sierra Star Golf Course. Lake Mary and Crystal Lake Trailhead are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Motel 6 Mammoth Lakes

Motel 6 Mammoth Lakes

3372 Main St, Mammoth Lakes
3.4
of 5, from 1,073 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the mountains, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Crowley Lake, Mammoth Hospital and Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center. Sierra Star Golf Course and Edison Theater are also within 2 miles (3 km).

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