Where is Yosemite National Park?
Yosemite is located in the California Sierra Nevada mountain range about three and a half hours east of San Francisco. The park is 1,200 square miles of rugged beauty.
Which entrance to Yosemite National Park should I take?
Yosemite’s five entrance gates make it accessible from the west, east, and south. The gateways of Tuolumne, Mariposa, Mono, and Madera counties are the closest to the park and have many hotels, resorts, and camping areas.
How should I get to Yosemite?
Most people drive to Yosemite. Here are some road trip ideas. If you fly, the nearest airports include the Fresno-Yosemite airport located about an hour and a half from the park. From there and other gateway communities you can take the YARTS bus to Yosemite. Once you get to the park, you will need a car or tour transportation to get around the more remote park roads. However, Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point have shuttles.
Where should I stay on my Yosemite National Park vacation?
There are several campgrounds and lodges inside the park. Some park facilities have changed names due to a trademark dispute. There are also many lodging options near Yosemite’s entrances. Depending on the season, you will need to reserve hotels and campgrounds well in advance.
What is there to see in Yosemite?
The Half Dome and other granite rock formations are the main attraction in Yosemite National Park. Visitors from all over the world come to see waterfalls such as Vernal Fall crash down the rocky cliffs. There are also three groves of giant sequoia trees and wildlife such as black bears and falcons in the park.
What is there to do in Yosemite?
Hiking, climbing, rafting, and stargazing are the main summer activities here. See our list of the top ten things to do. Don’t forget about winter. Take a guided snowshoe hike, go skiing, or ice skate under Half Dome.
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Yosemite Area Events
Yosemite National Park is open year-round, but the events and activities in, and around the park, change with the seasons. From road openings and closings (like the very seasonal Tioga Road), to festivals and activities in and around the park and gateway towns, we have your complete guide to the happenings in Yosemite National Park.
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Jerseydale Pumpkin Patch
If you’re traveling through Mariposa County during the month of October, you really must stop by the Jerseydale Pumpkin Patch. For 31 days straight this venue offers up the year’s pickings of pumpkins, Indian corn, fresh produce and nuts. There will also be food vendors on site this year for anyone that builds up an appetite sorting through all those pumpkins!
When: Sat October 1 - Mon October 31
Where: 6584 Jerseydale Rd, Mariposa, CA
The Grand Grape Celebration at Yosemite
Join California’s most renowned vintners as they come together in Yosemite to share some of their most acclaimed wines. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to chat with the vintners as you sample their latest vintages and perfectly-aged selections. The elegant event culminates with a five-course dinner featuring dishes perfectly paired to the featured wines.
When: Sun November 6 - Tue December 6
Where: Majestic Yosemite Hotel
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The Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite
A Yosemite tradition for nearly 90 years, transforms The Majestic Yosemite Hotel Dining Room into a Renaissance-era hall filled with traditional Christmas festivities. Bring the whole family for this fantastically imaginative experience.
When: Mon December 12 - Sun December 25
Where: Majestic Yosemite Hotel
Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Open for Season
Weather permitting, the ski and snowboard area inside Yosemite will open for the season.
Where: Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area