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Yosemite National Park Holiday

The hiking trails, waterfalls and mountains full of diverse wildlife make this national park one of the country’s most picturesque.

Yosemite National Park is an area of extraordinary natural beauty in the center of California. It has abundant flora and fauna in addition to majestic mountains, giant trees, vast valleys and peaceful lakes. Every year, millions of travelers visit the park, which stretches across 747,956 acres (302,687 hectares). Glaciers formed the fascinating landscape about 1 million years ago.

See Yosemite Falls, one of the  highest waterfalls in the United States. The 2,425-foot (739.1-meter) attraction is one of the park’s most visited sites. Enjoy a picnic on a grassy area nearby while listening to the flowing water. 

Get a permit in advance to make the arduous 8.5-mile (13.7-kilometer) hike up Half Dome. Steel cables help hikers climb the steep final section. Some attempt this trek overnight to watch the sunrise from the summit and avoid the afternoon heat. Plan for more than 10 hours for the round trip.

While views from Yosemite Falls and Half Dome are impressive, Glacier Point may be the park’s most spectacular spot. Access the area by car or on foot or skis in winter. Capture photos of the panoramic vista incorporating sparkling granite mountains and tree-covered valleys.

Descend into Yosemite Valley to explore lakes and vegetation. Paddle in the chilly waters of the Merced River

Investigate some of the world’s largest trees in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The Grizzly Giant has a 27 foot (8.2 meter) diameter. Walk through carefully carved gaps for the bizarre experience of standing inside a tree.

Look for many types of wildlife, from spotted owls and white-headed woodpeckers to king snakes and American black bears.

Amtrak trains and tour buses arrive in Yosemite Valley from Los Angeles and San Francisco, which are respectively 300 miles (482.8 kilometers) and 200 miles (321.9 kilometers) from the park. Be sure to make an advance reservation if you plan to stay overnight.

Yosemite National Park is so vast and diverse that you can spend weeks exploring the picturesque region.

Popular Activities at Yosemite National Park (and vicinity)

There's no place in the world exactly like Yosemite National Park (and vicinity). So you can make the most of your visit, we've put together a list of the most popular activities:

If you'd like more options, have a look at our Central Interior California things to do page.


Guide to Exploring Yosemite National Park


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Bordentown West
Bordentown West

Bordentown West

8041 Chilnualna Falls Road, Yosemite National Park, CA
     
    5.0
    of 5, from 1 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cabin is in the same area as Olmsted Point and Tenaya Lake. Regional attractions also include Yosemite Falls and Vernal Falls.

    Ox Yoke
    Reviewed on 21 May 2019
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    Ox Yoke

    Ox Yoke

    8068A Loop Rd., Yosemite National Park, CA
       
      4.0 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Loved big picture window in living room. Floors are sloping downhill, especially in back bedroom.

      El Capitan
      El Capitan

      El Capitan

      8031 Larkspur Lane, Yosemite National Park, CA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cabin is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pioneer Yosemite History Center, Wawona Golf Course, and Wawona Visitor Center. Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad are also within 12 mi (20 km).

        Wawona Cabin
        Wawona Cabin

        Wawona Cabin

        8035 Raccoon Rd., Yosemite National Park, CA
           
          5.0
          of 5, from 1 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cabin is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pioneer Yosemite History Center, Wawona Golf Course, and Wawona Visitor Center. Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad are also within 12 mi (20 km).

          Half Dome
          Reviewed on 30 Jun. 2019
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          Half Dome

          Half Dome

          8054 Loop Rd., Yosemite National Park, CA
             
            5.0 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great location. No tv in master bedroom. Old glasses and plates. Need longer hours to do laundry

            Sparrow's Nest
            Sparrow's Nest

            Sparrow's Nest

            2576 B River View Rd., Yosemite National Park, CA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pioneer Yosemite History Center, Wawona Golf Course, and Wawona Visitor Center. Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad are also within 12 mi (20 km).

              Bassett Cedar Rock Cabin II
              Reviewed on 28 Jun. 2019
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              Bassett Cedar Rock Cabin II

              Bassett Cedar Rock Cabin II

              2597 Yosemite Pines Lane, Yosemite National Park, CA
                 
                1.0 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Location good, but property is in poor condition and outdated. Terrible smell from the beginning, heater was non-functional. Paid almost $300/day, maybe worth $100/day minus the smell.

                New Beginnings
                New Beginnings

                New Beginnings

                7937 Chilnualna Falls Road, Yosemite National Park, CA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Yosemite National Park, this cottage is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Pioneer Yosemite History Center and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Sierra National Forest. Wawona Visitor Center and Wawona Golf Course are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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