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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Hiking, Nature and Scenery

Top Hotels in Yosemite National Park

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Bordentown West
3.5 out of 5
8041 Chilnualna Falls Road, Yosemite National Park
Bordentown West
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River View Yosemite Cabin in Wawona Among the Redwoods,3 Bed 2 Bath, Jump Rock!
Yosemite National Park
4.6/5Exceptional! (43 reviews)
FANTASTIC STAY IN A LOVELY PLACE

"THE SIX OF US STAYED IN THIS CABIN FOR A WEEK- PLENTY OF ROOM WITH 3 BEDROOMS AND 2 BATHS. USED THE GRILL ON THE DECK EVERYDAY AND LOVED THE SOUND OF THE RIVER THAT WAS SO RIP ROARING IN MAY. EASY DRIVE INTO YOSEMITE VALLEY AND TO GLACIER POINT. THE HOUSE WAS LOVELY, WELL EQUIPPED AND CLEAN. EASY ..."…"

Reviewed on May 12, 2018

River View Yosemite Cabin in Wawona Among the Redwoods,3 Bed 2 Bath, Jump Rock!
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Ox Yoke
3.5 out of 5
8068A Loop Rd., Yosemite National Park
4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)

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

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

Ox Yoke

Popular things to do in Yosemite National Park

Glacier Point
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Glacier Point

Witness a superb panorama of the Yosemite Valley from this viewing point and spot soaring canyons, plunging falls and granite cliffs along the rugged valley skyline.

Yosemite Falls
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Yosemite Falls

You may hear these thundering falls, which are among the top 10 tallest in the world, before you see them in California’s Yosemite National Park.

El Capitan
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El Capitan

Experience the enormity of Yosemite Valley’s glacially carved granite peaks when you gaze upon this distinctive formation and rock-climbing landmark.

Mariposa Grove
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Mariposa Grove

Explore Mariposa Grove, a favorite green space in Fish Camp, and also enjoy the area's hiking trails. Amble around this family-friendly area's lush forest and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Vernal Falls
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Vernal Falls

The first tier of the Merced River’s magnificent waterfall plunges from a jagged granite precipice in a cloud-like curtain and is surrounded by pines.

Yosemite Valley
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Yosemite Valley

From Yosemite Falls to Half Dome and El Capitan, you can see some of the most stunning scenery in the world from Yosemite National Park’s central valley.

Top activities in Yosemite National Park

Total Yosemite Experience with Giant Sequoias
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Total Yosemite Experience with Giant Sequoias

$189

Spend a day soaking up the natural splendor and breathtaking beauty of Yosemite National Park on this full-day excursion from San Francisco. Trek to a grove of giant sequoias, marvel at features like El Capitan, and enjoy free time to explore the park's outdoor wonders and historic lodges on your own.

Yosemite National Park Valley Highlights Tour
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Yosemite National Park Valley Highlights Tour

$159

Enjoy a small-group tour of Yosemite, hailed as the crown jewel of the National Park system. Watch as climbers scale Half Dome and the granite monolith of El Capitan.

Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
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Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

$169

Experience the majesty of this world famous National Park and join us as we take you on an unforgettable journey into the heart of Yosemite Valley. Take in some of the most breathtaking sights California has to offer in this one day tour departing San Francisco to Yosemite National Park.

2-Day Yosemite Tour & Night at Cedar Lodge
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2-Day Yosemite Tour & Night at Cedar Lodge

$419

Get away for 2 days to the serene natural wonder of Yosemite National Park and spend the night in a comfortable hotel. With your guide, explore the popular park and marvel at renowned sites including El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall, and Inspiration Point.

Yosemite One Day - Half Dome and El Capitan 4 Hours in Park
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Yosemite One Day - Half Dome and El Capitan 4 Hours in Park

$129

Yosemite One Day Trip. Take this opportunity to see one of America's most unique National Parks, located 4 hours south east of San Francisco. Comfortable and relaxing train ride to Merced then motor coach to Yosemite.

3-Day Yosemite Escape Camping Tour
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3-Day Yosemite Escape Camping Tour

$489

Over 3 days, explore the breathtaking scenery of Yosemite National Park and sleep under the stars. Embark on a journey with your knowledgeable guide and admire towering trees, cascading waterfalls, and cliffs rising 3,000 feet (914 m) from the valley floor.

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Instagram family fun in Yosemite
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Instagram family fun in Yosemite

Spotlighting the best of a multigenerational family trip to Yosemite National Park

Yosemite, daughter-style
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Yosemite, daughter-style

Experiencing Yosemite National Park through the words of a 7-year-old