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Yosemite National Park Introduction

No vacation hotspot sums up the diversity of the Californian landscape quite like Yosemite National Park, which was named a World Heritage Site in 1984. Within its grounds, adventurers can find stunning waterfalls and dramatic cliff faces, rolling meadows and ancient sequoias, and deep valleys with jagged peaks. The unparalleled range of wildlife attracts visitors throughout the year, while the opportunity to enjoy an array of outdoor activities keeps their adrenaline racing every minute of the day. Whether you’re taking in a spectacular sunset with a loved one or trekking the trails in search of the next jaw-dropping sight, there’s plenty to love in Yosemite National Park.

Hotels in Yosemite National Park

Hotels near Yosemite National Park are used to catering to a steady stream of guests arriving to explore the park's wonders, so you can expect nothing but the best from their services. To stay beside the park itself, you'll need to part with a little extra cash, though you’ll enjoy unbeatable proximity to awe-inspiring scenery and the main attractions. The further away from the park you go, the more likely you are to find Yosemite National Park hotel deals in low-cost, no-frills establishments. Local ski resorts and spas, on the other hand, are just the ticket for bigger spenders hoping to add some luxury to their vacation.

Where to stay

Just 30 minutes’ drive from the park, picturesque Groveland is a scenic spot that’s perfect for travelers hoping to explore 2 local points of interest—Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest. If you're in the market for discount hotels near Yosemite National Park, try Mariposa. This town is also home to sweeping vistas and great amenities, some at a lower price than found elsewhere in the region. Closer to the park itself, Yosemite West has a range of luxurious rental homes that offer some of the area’s most breathtaking views, and are ideally situated for those who want to stay in the thick of the action.

Things to see

While the number of incredible sights in Yosemite National Park is endless, the most unforgettable experience is probably to be had while standing beneath the roaring Yosemite Falls, the park’s tallest waterfall and one of the largest in the world. While there are several must-see waterfalls in the park—and most make for stunning photo ops—the sheer majesty of Yosemite Falls has to be seen to be believed. For the best panorama in the area, try Glacier Point. From this viewpoint, you can take in commanding views of Yosemite Valley and the Half Dome, and even try some cross-country skiing in winter. For a little R & R, take an art class at the Yosemite Art Center, open between spring and fall, or visit the Yosemite Museum Gallery to witness the creativity that springs from this inspirational setting.

How to get to Yosemite National Park

One of the most convenient ways to get to Yosemite National Park is with Amtrak—the rail provider operates train routes to nearby destinations, and onward minibus transfers to the park are available. Driving is also an option, with a network of major routes opening up the region to tourists from far and wide. For travel in Yosemite National Park itself, the free Yosemite Valley shuttle runs to several key locations in and around the area. Even better, hike the trails or try some cross-country skiing to really take in the splendor that’s all around you.

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