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One of Mother Nature’s finest works of art, Yosemite National Park sits cradled amongst the splendor of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. From the illustrious Yosemite Falls to gently babbling streams, monumental cliff formations, and lush greenery – the 1,200 square miles that make up the park offer breathtaking vistas at every turn. Relaxation and recreation abounds amidst the scenery, with comforts and conveniences to allow for any indulgence or adventure. Whatever beckons you, Yosemite National Park’s natural beauty will leave you in a state of awe.

Things to see

Existing as if it was from the pages of a fantasy novel, Yosemite Valley is the park’s most enchanting wonder. Walled by grand granite cliffs that shimmer with waterfalls, the valley’s floor is a vast green garden of flowering meadows and fragrant pine groves. The Merced River runs gently through the sun kissed landscape, fed by the famous Yosemite Falls. Among the highest waterfalls in the world, silver water cascades down three levels, from a soaring height of 2,425 feet. Located on the valley’s south wall, Glacier Point provides a godly vista of all of the above. Reachable by hike or car, viewable attractions from the vantage point include the Falls, Half Dome, and Yosemite’s alluring high country. Natural beauty doesn’t just exist within the park’s boundaries however, just 13 miles east you’ll discover Mono Lake. With the snow powdered Sierra Nevada Mountains forming an idyllic backdrop, the inland sea spans 70 square-miles of sapphire blue water.

Hotels in Yosemite National Park

There’s something here to accommodate every need, taste, and budget, whether you want a hotel in Yosemite National Park itself, or just outside the park’s boundaries. From rental mountain homes and full service lodges, to glamorous ski sleepovers for the winter – luxury abounds in and around the wilderness. The larger hotels smother guests with indulgence, with pampering spas being just the start. The mid-range accommodation ranges from quaint B&Bs and cozy cabin rentals, to large full service family accommodation where you can expect every amenity under the sun. There’s some fantastic budget hotels in Yosemite National Park and the surrounding areas, ranging from cheap chain accommodation to cushy campsites.

Where to stay

If you want a hotel in Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Village offers a magical stay. Sitting at the north end of the valley floor, it’s just moments away from the famous falls. Oozing outdoorsy charm, the leafy streets are lined with quaint conveniences. With its Old West architecture and golden past, you’ll discover historic Mariposa in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Approximately 40 miles southwest of the park, the town is a popular base for white water rafting along the Merced River Canyon. Swathed in scenery but dotted with modern additions, El Portal is just a 20 minute drive from Yosemite Valley. Here you’ll find many cheaper lodging options.

How to get to Yosemite National Park

Fresno-Yosemite International Airport is the gateway of choice for most visitors, situated 1.5 hours from the park’s south entrance and 2.5 hours from the Yosemite Valley itself. The airport has good connections to major destinations, including Los Angeles International, Denver International, and Seattle-Tacoma International – which should prove useful if you need a connecting flight. Alternatively, the Amtrak railway provides a train and bus journey directly into the valley, whilst the Greyhound coach offers a service into Merced. From there you can connect to the valley via a YARTS bus. Driving in can sometimes be challenging with seasonal road closures, so be sure to do your research before setting off.

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