From Ahwahnee, it's approximately 35 miles (56 kilometers) to the north to Yosemite National Park and 45 miles (72 kilometers) to the south to Fresno.
Staying in only one place, regardless of its popularity, will only ever furnish you with a narrow window into the broader textures and qualities of a region. So be sure to set aside enough time to discover Central Interior California's other cultural and natural attractions. Make sure you make tracks to the Coarsegold Historic Museum and Indian Lakes Park in Coarsegold, about 7 miles (11 kilometers) away. Another option is to head to Mariposa. It's approximately 16 miles (26 kilometers) from Ahwahnee and is home to the Mariposa Museum and History Center and Mariposa County Visitor Center.
Madera, is another interesting spot to explore. It is around 35 miles (56 kilometers) from Ahwahnee and offers a great selection of things to see and do, for example Rotary Park, Madera Speedway and Lions Town and Country Park. Madera County Historical Society, Madera District Fair and Skywalk Trampoline Arena are just a handful of the many other attractions in Madera.
For those who feel it's important to collect valuable insights as well as souvenirs while on vacation, Central Interior California has plenty of specialist activities, such as culinary tours. If you are after something a little different from sightseeing, why not take advantage of the local watersports? Canoeing and rafting are both well-established here.
Even the best vacation can't last forever, so when it's time fly home, you'll find the nearest major airport in Fresno, 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the south.