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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 £119
Yosemite View Lodge

Yosemite View Lodge

11136 Highway 140, El Portal
     
    3.8
    of 5, from 5,372 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. Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Visitor Center are also within 16 miles (25 km).

    The Pines Resort £92
    The Pines Resort

    The Pines Resort

    54432 N Shore Road, Bass Lake
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 22 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 Sierra National Forest and Fresno Flats Historical Park. Golden Chain Theater and Children's Museum of the Sierra are also within 12 miles (20 km).

      Mammoth Mountain Inn £81
      Mammoth Mountain Inn

      Mammoth Mountain Inn

      10400 Minaret Rd., Mammoth Lakes
         
        3.7
        of 5, from 1,063 reviews
        3.0 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 £155
        Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

        Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

        1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 2,012 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).

          Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn £75
          Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn

          Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn

          40530 Highway 41, Oakhurst
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 1,708 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).

            Cedar Lodge £112
            Cedar Lodge

            Cedar Lodge

            9966 Highway 140, El Portal
               
              3.5
              of 5, from 3,366 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 Yosemite Visitor Center are also within 20 miles (32 km).

              Tamarack Lodge Resort £67
              Tamarack Lodge Resort

              Tamarack Lodge Resort

              163 Twin Lakes Rd, Mammoth Lakes
                 
                3.8
                of 5, from 325 reviews
                3.0 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, Sierra Star Golf Course and Crystal Lake Trailhead. Mammoth Hospital and Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                Motel 6 Mammoth Lakes £58
                Motel 6 Mammoth Lakes

                Motel 6 Mammoth Lakes

                3372 Main St, Mammoth Lakes
                   
                  3.4
                  of 5, from 1,114 reviews
                  2.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in the mountains, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of 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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