Featured Regions

Just a short drive from Yosemite National Park, our top picks for nearby regions to visit on your Yosemite vacation offer the best outdoor activities, sightseeing, cultural attractions, dining, and more.

Bishop County - Eastern Sierra

Bishop makes a perfect home base for your Eastern Sierra adventure. Conveniently located between Yosemite and Death Valley national parks, Bishop offers the perfect mix of small town hospitality and modern conveniences. Read More...

Buellton, California

Buellton serves as the gateway to the Santa Ynez Valley and the Santa Rita Hills wine country. You will find a wide variety of lodging, including an RV Resort and campground. Read More...

Carpinteria , CA - World's Safest Beach

Carpinteria is a quaint, friendly, beach community nestled between Ventura and Santa Barbara, California, tucked between the Santa Ynez mountains and the Pacific Ocean and easily accessible from Hwy 101 by car or Amtrak. Read More...

Central Coast of California

If you’re looking for the real California, then come experience “The Original Road Trip” and explore Pacific Coast Highway 1. In the heart of California between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Central Coast stretches more than 300 miles from Oxnard to Santa Cruz. Read More...

Gilroy, California - Garlic Capital

Mention Gilroy and a single word comes to mind: garlic. That’s because the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival has grown into one of the nation’s most famous food celebrations. Also visit historic buildings and the Gilroy Gardens Theme Park. Read More...

Groveland and Highway 120 - Northern Gateway to Yosemite

Groveland & the Highway 120 area in the Norther gateway to Yosemite. See Mother Nature’s recovery from the Rim Fire, from Wildfire to Wildflowers. Read More...

Inyo County

Inyo County is a land of extremes. It claims the highest (Mt. Whitney) and lowest (Death Valley) points in the lower 48. Read More...

Mariposa County

You’ll love the breathtaking views of Bridalveil Fall in the spring and gorgeous snowcapped mountains in winter. Stay at an amenity-rich vacation home in the park, or find yourself in a quaint bed and breakfast in Mariposa County. Read More...

Mono County - Lake Tufas, Devil's Postpile, and Ghost Town

Just 12 breathtaking miles from Yosemite’s East Entrance, Mono County is close to the park but has a beauty all its own. The “East Side” of Yosemite is a sensational place to start and end a trip to the national park. Read More...

Oakdale, California

Established in 1871 and nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Oakdale is a charming town at the gateway to Yosemite, and the perfect place to unwind. Read More...

Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a classic California beach town, located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, off scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1 and Highway 101. Read More...

Redding, California

Discover why this scenic California town is worth the stop. Read More...

San Francisco, California

The City is home to world-class theatre, opera, symphony and ballet companies and often boasts premieres of Broadway-bound plays and culture-changing performing arts. San Francisco is also one of America’s greatest dining cities. Read More...

Tuolumne County - Yosemite Gold Country

Tuolumne County offers visitors from the San Francisco Bay Area and all points north the closest and most scenic route into Yosemite National Park. Read More...

Ventura and the Channel Islands

Embark to stunning Channel Islands National park from Ventura, California's iconic surf and beach town. Read More...

Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau – Madera County

Find adventure on the Fossils to Falls Trail through California’s Gateway to Yosemite. Read More...

Top Ten Things to do in Yosemite Park

1. Yosemite Valley Waterfalls

When snow melt from mountain peaks brings icy waters rushing downstream into Yosemite Valley, great waterfalls spring to life. During the peak seasonal flow, which usually happens in May, the thundering of waterfalls can be heard clear across the valley. Read More...

2. Famous Viewpoints

Yosemite’s Tunnel View with Half Dome, Valley View with Merced River, Glacier Point, and Olmsted Point are the most famous views in the National Park. Read More...

3. Walk Among Giant Sequoias

Start by taking the whole family on a joyful nature walk through the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. Read More...

4. Black Bears & Wildlife in Yosemite National Park

With more than 400 kinds of animals and multiple life zones for plant life, Yosemite is a top spot for wildlife watching. Read More...

5. Explore Yosemite Trails

Whether you want to get out of the car and do a little exploring, or you’re planning a backcountry adventure on foot or horseback, we’ve got just the thing for you and your family. Read More...

6. Go Camping on Your Yosemite Vacation

Nothing beats sleeping under the stars in Yosemite National Park, especially if you’re looking for a little family togetherness Read More...

7. Go Rock Climbing in Yosemite

Stalwarts like the giant wall of El Capitan, the polished promontory of Half Dome, and skyscraping Glacier Point all call to expert climbers, who sometimes bivouac overnight while suspended in mid-air. Read More...

8. Yosemite’s Curry Village Ice Skating Rink

Yosemite is covered in powdery blankets of snow, and the valley becomes a winter wonderland. Read More...

9. Explore History & Culture

Yosemite is the wild, wild West. From its earliest Native American inhabitants, to the mid-19th-century California Gold Rush, and the later arrival of ranchers, loggers, and hoteliers, the land surrounding Yosemite National Park is amazingly rich in historical sites. Read More...

10. Festivals & Ranger-Led Activities in Yosemite National Park

Come to watch waterfalls in spring, go hiking in the Sierra Nevada high country in summer, roast marshmallows over your campfire in fall, and go skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Timing your visit to coincide with one of the region’s many festivals will only enhance your Yosemite vacation. Read More...

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