Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Falls showing a waterfall and mountains
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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.

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Top Hotels Close to Yosemite National Park

Curry Village
Curry Village
2.5 out of 5
9010 Curry Village Dr., Yosemite National Park, CA, 93727
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The price is $92 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 7
$92
per night
Jan 6 - Jan 7
Stay at this hotel in Yosemite National Park. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Valley ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (131 reviews)
"Nice place if you just want to crach after a long day hiking"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2022

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Yosemite View Lodge
Yosemite View Lodge
2.5 out of 5
11136 Highway 140, El Portal, CA, 95318
The price is $123 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
$123
per night
Dec 7 - Dec 8
Stay at this hotel in El Portal. Enjoy free parking, 3 outdoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,668 reviews)
"Amazing property, close to the entrance, beautiful surroundings, river view, the beauty of it all is breathtaking."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Yosemite View Lodge
Yosemite Valley Lodge
Yosemite Valley Lodge
3 out of 5
9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA, 93727
The price is $183 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$183
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Yosemite National Park. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (320 reviews)
"Great location with beautiful view and natural scenery"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Yosemite Valley Lodge
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Indian Flat RV Park - Tent Cabins & Cottages
Indian Flat RV Park - Tent Cabins & Cottages
1 out of 5
9988 Highway 140, El Portal, CA, 95318
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2.5 out of 5
11136 Highway 140, El Portal, CA, 95318
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Yosemite Valley Lodge
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3 out of 5
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2.5 out of 5
9010 Curry Village Dr., Yosemite National Park, CA, 93727
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The Ahwahnee
The Ahwahnee
4 out of 5
9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA, 93727
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Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
4 out of 5
1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp, CA, 93623
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Yosemite West, CA
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Duplex Upper Level in Yosemite National Park with Fireplace & Prime Location
Duplex Upper Level in Yosemite National Park with Fireplace & Prime Location
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Cedar Lodge
Cedar Lodge
2 out of 5
9966 Highway 140, El Portal, CA, 95318
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