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Most Yosemite National Park hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.
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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.
We understand you want to make the most out of your visit to Yosemite National Park (and vicinity). So, we've rounded up a list of some fun things you can do on your visit:
For many more things to do, examine our Central Interior California things to do page.
We had a perfect view from our room of Lower Yosemite Falls. The room was clean and the attendants came promptly in the morning. The bed we had was comfortable and soft.
We love the old-world elegance of the property. If you plan on having dinner in the dining room, make sure you book your reservations when you book the room.
Tenaya Lodge is a great place to spend a vacation with the family. It is about 2 miles south of the South Gate of Yosemite and around its location are a number of hiking trails which are interesting themselves. Amenities abound including guided trips to Yosemite and archery (fees apply). They do ...
Cedar Lodge is a great place for families! It has an awesome pool and beautiful swimming hole across the street. There are grills to use by the river and the lodge has all the necessities you could want. And it’s only 30 mins to the heart of Yosemite Valley!
We had a fabulous stay! The house is in close proximity to Yosemite Valley and in my opinion, vastly superior to anywhere you can stay inside the actual Valley. The home was clean, comfortable, and well appointed. The beds were cozy, bathrooms had everything we needed. Michelle was very easy to reach ...
Great location to explore the park from.