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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.
This family-friendly Fish Camp resort is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Sierra National Forest, Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad and Yosemite South Entrance. Mariposa Grove and Wawona Golf Course are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located on the riverfront, this family-friendly hotel is 4.3 mi (6.9 km) from Sierra National Forest and 8.3 mi (13.3 km) from Yosemite Arch Rock Gate Entrance. Cathedral Beach and Yosemite Falls are also within 20 miles (32 km).
This family-friendly El Portal hotel is located on the riverfront, 2.5 mi (4 km) from Yosemite Arch Rock Gate Entrance, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Cathedral Beach and Bridalveil Fall. Yosemite Valley and Tunnel View are also within 12 miles (20 km).
Situated in Groveland, this lodge is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Yosemite Big Oak Flat Entrance and 9.3 mi (14.9 km) from Rainbow Pool. Yosemite Valley and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir are also within 20 miles (32 km).
Located in the mountains, this Mammoth Lakes hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access within 3 miles (5 km) of Sierra Star Golf Course and Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center, and is convenient for winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Mammoth Hospital and Edison Theater are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in the mountains, this Mammoth Lakes hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access within 3 miles (5 km) of Sierra Star Golf Course and Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center, and is convenient for winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Mammoth Hospital and Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Bass Lake resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sierra National Forest and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Bass lake Recreation Area. Golden Chain Theater and Children's Museum of the Sierra are also within 9 miles (15 km).
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. Sierra National Forest and Bass lake Recreation Area are also within 9 miles (15 km).