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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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Cedar Lodge

Cedar Lodge

9966 Highway 140, El Portal
3.5
of 5, from 3,669 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is 8.3 mi (13.3 km) from Yosemite Arch Rock Gate Entrance and within 20 miles (32 km) of Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall. Tunnel View and Ribbon Fall are also within 20 miles (32 km).

£72
Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn

Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn

40530 Highway 41, Oakhurst
4.2
of 5, from 1,567 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Oakhurst, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Children's Museum of the Sierra and within 3 miles (5 km) of Fresno Flats Historical Park and Golden Chain Theater. Bass lake Recreation Area and Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad are also within 12 miles (20 km).

Yosemite Valley Lodge

Yosemite Valley Lodge

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

Located in Yosemite Village, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yosemite Visitor Center and Yosemite Falls. Yosemite Museum and Yosemite Valley are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£120
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp
4.3
of 5, from 2,497 reviews
4.0 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).

The Majestic Yosemite

The Majestic Yosemite

1 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Yosemite Village, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Yosemite Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Yosemite Falls and Vernal Falls. Yosemite Visitor Center and Mirror Lake are also within 2 miles (3 km).

£50
Motel 6 Mammoth Lakes

Motel 6 Mammoth Lakes

3372 Main St, Mammoth Lakes
3.4
of 5, from 1,011 reviews
2.0 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).

£95
Yosemite View Lodge

Yosemite View Lodge

11136 Highway 140, El Portal
3.8
of 5, from 5,083 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Yosemite Arch Rock Gate Entrance and within 12 miles (20 km) of Bridalveil Fall and Tunnel View. Ribbon Fall is 11.4 mi (18.3 km) away.

£151
Juniper Springs Resort

Juniper Springs Resort

4000 Meridian Blvd, Mammoth Lakes
4.1
of 5, from 1,446 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the mountains, this slopeside Mammoth Lakes hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access within 2 miles (3 km) of Sierra Star Golf Course, Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center and Crowley Lake. Mammoth Hospital and Edison Theater are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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