Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley featuring a waterfall and mountains
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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.

Yosemite Valley is the emerald green heart of Yosemite National Park. Marvel at the soaring granite walls, including some of the park’s most iconic landmarks, flanking this 8-mile (13-kilometer) canyon.

Just about everywhere you turn in Yosemite Valley, you’ll see a thundering waterfall cascading from a clifftop above. The most visited is Yosemite Falls, which is the largest waterfall in North America. Other notable ones include Sentinel Fall, Bridalveil Fall and Nevada Fall. In February, don’t miss Horsetail Fall, which famously appears as if it is on fire when it reflects the sunset.

For a close look at one of the world’s most recognizable rock faces, bring your picnic blanket to El Capitan Meadow. El Capitan, a favorite destination for rock climbers and cliff jumpers, towers above you. This is located along the one-way Northside Drive, so you should stop here on your way out of Yosemite Valley.

Half Dome is an iconic symbol of Yosemite, recognizable in Ansel Adams photographs. Although its face is best left to experienced climbers, hardy hikers can reach its summit along a 15-mile (24 kilometer) loop trail that begins in Yosemite Valley. You can do the climb in a day or to make the experience more relaxed, stay overnight in one of the campsites along the trail. If you’d rather settle for a great vantage point of the vertical face, visit Sentinel Bridge, where you can see Half Dome reflected in the Merced River.

Get your camera out at Tunnel View, which provides one of the best vistas in Yosemite National Park. Stop at the east end of the Wawona Tunnel and enjoy the panoramic view of El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall with Half Dome towering in the background.

Driving through Yosemite Valley is allowed throughout the year. During busy periods, avoid traffic congestion and take advantage of the valley’s free shuttle service. With year-round service in eastern Yosemite Valley and summer service as far west as El Capitan, this is an effortless way to see the area’s major attractions.

Top Hotels Close to Yosemite Valley

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 $112 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
$112
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
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

Curry Village
Yosemite Valley Lodge
Yosemite Valley Lodge
3 out of 5
9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA, 93727
The price is $211 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6
$211
per night
Dec 5 - Dec 6
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! (316 reviews)
"No hot water at all."

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2022

Yosemite Valley Lodge
The Ahwahnee
The Ahwahnee
4 out of 5
9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA, 93727
The price is $372 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$372
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 4-star ski hotel in Yosemite National Park. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Yosemite National Park and Yosemite ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (201 reviews)
"It is a lovely hotel with beautiful views, and the dining room is beautiful. However the room was really warm and the thermostat didn’t seem to work. It made for an uncomfortable night."

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2022

The Ahwahnee
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Wonderful Studio w/Full Kitchen, WiFi - Inside Yosemite National Park
Wonderful Studio w/Full Kitchen, WiFi - Inside Yosemite National Park
Yosemite West, CA
Wonderful Studio w/Full Kitchen, WiFi - Inside Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Valley Lodge
Yosemite Valley Lodge
3 out of 5
9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA, 93727
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Curry Village
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
The Ahwahnee
Housekeeping Camp
Housekeeping Camp
1.5 out of 5
9004 Southside Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA, 95389
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Yosemite View Lodge
Yosemite View Lodge
2.5 out of 5
11136 Highway 140, El Portal, CA, 95318
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Large Vacation Home, Former B&B, Inside Yosemite
Large Vacation Home, Former B&B, Inside Yosemite
Yosemite, CA
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Scenic Wonders Yosemite Park Place 3 Bedrooms
Scenic Wonders Yosemite Park Place 3 Bedrooms
3.5 out of 5
7507 Yosemite Park Way, Yosemite National Park, CA, 95389
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Lovely Studio In Yosemite Park w/WiFi, Balcony - Close to Badger Pass & Valley
Lovely Studio In Yosemite Park w/WiFi, Balcony - Close to Badger Pass & Valley
Yosemite West, CA
Lovely Studio In Yosemite Park w/WiFi, Balcony - Close to Badger Pass & Valley
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