Yosemite National Park is a large expanse of wilderness with many different areas to visit. Yosemite Valley is where 99% of all visitors to the park spend their time. For this reason, lodging inside this area can book up fast.
Where should I stay?
Most first-time visitors to the park choose to stay within Yosemite Valley. From here, take the free shuttle around the valley to different trailheads and viewpoints. Looking to get away from the crowds? The historic Wawona Hotel is located off scenic Highway 41 and nearby Mariposa Grove and Glacier Point, two of the most popular attractions outside of Yosemite Valley.
How long should I stay?
It would take weeks to explore all of Yosemite National Park, but many choose to visit on a day tour, or over 1-2 nights. We recommend at least a 1-2 night stay to enjoy this beautiful and expansive destination.
How should I get to Yosemite?
If you are just booking your hotel room with us, we recommend you visit with your own car or a rental. Once inside the park, you can park at your hotel and take advantage of the free shuttle bus or YARTS to get around. It is not recommended to arrive to Yosemite National Park in public transport.
What is there to do in Yosemite?
Most people spend their time hiking the trails and visiting the numerous waterfalls. If hiking isn’t your thing, there are many activities depending on the time of year. In the summertime, you can rent bikes, tube the Merced River and even go rafting. In the winter time, rent some snowshoes, go ice skating or stay warm inside the Visitor’s Center and Ansel Adams Gallery.
Remember, if you’d rather a guided tour, check out our many options, from camping to overnight in a hotel.
Where can I buy food? Are there restaurants?
There are many restaurants within Yosemite Valley. From the pizza patio in Curry Village to the upscale restaurants inside the Ahwahnee Hotel, you’re bound to find something to your liking. If you’d rather not eat out, Yosemite Valley also has a few general stores with small bites, snacks and drinks.