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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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Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite £207
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 2,010 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    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).

    Cedar Lodge £124
    Cedar Lodge

    Cedar Lodge

    9966 Highway 140, El Portal
       
      3.5
      of 5, from 3,389 reviews
      2.0 out of 5.0

      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).

      Yosemite View Lodge £143
      Yosemite View Lodge

      Yosemite View Lodge

      11136 Highway 140, El Portal
         
        3.8
        of 5, from 5,504 reviews
        2.5 out of 5.0

        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).

        Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite
        Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite

        Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite

        34001 Highway 120, Groveland
           
          4.6
          of 5, from 369 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          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).

          Juniper Springs Resort £98
          Juniper Springs Resort

          Juniper Springs Resort

          4000 Meridian Blvd, Mammoth Lakes
             
            4.1
            of 5, from 1,530 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            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).

            The Village Lodge £120
            The Village Lodge

            The Village Lodge

            1111 Forest Trail, Mammoth Lakes
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 1,320 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              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).

              The Pines Resort £164
              The Pines Resort

              The Pines Resort

              54432 N Shore Road, Bass Lake
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 61 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                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).

                Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn £140
                Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn

                Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn

                40530 Highway 41, Oakhurst
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 1,786 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. Sierra National Forest and Bass lake Recreation Area are also within 9 miles (15 km).

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