Yosemite National Park

National park ranger wearing a face mask and gloves to protect agains COVID-19

5 Things to Know About California National Park Travel Amid COVID-19

In light of the spread of COVID-19, trying to find out what is open and closed in our national parks is a moving target these days. Here are updates.

Upper Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park

Visit Yosemite Virtually

You don’t have to visit to Yosemite to see the majestic sight of water tumbling down Yosemite Falls, to visit the top of North Dome or hear its rangers speak.

Rafting on the Merced River in Yosemite with views of Yosemite Falls

48 Hours in Yosemite National Park

Only have 48 hours? Make the most of your time by walking among giant sequoias, hiking a downhill trail, picnicking lakeside and floating on a river.

Park visitor standing on a rock in the Merced River in Yosemite National Park

What to Pack for Your Yosemite National Park Vacation

Be as prepared as a Boy Scout. Here are the top 14 items to put in your suitcase and 1 item to leave at home.

Road in Yosemite with the Half Dome in the background

5 Best Road Trips

All roads lead to Yosemite National Park. Explore itineraries originating in major travel hubs and corridors in as little as 1-2 days or 1-2 weeks on your way to the park.

Sunset at Taft Point in Yosemite National Park

8 Ways to Live in the Moment, Yosemite-Style

Here are exceptional ways to have fun and be present, Yosemite-style, even if you can't visit Yosemite in person.

Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad 10 Curve

Guided Tours

Get the most from your vacation with an guide, tour, or cruise

Photographer taking a photo of the sunrise over Half Dome in Yosemite

National Park Photo Contest presented by Tamron

Love to take photos in national parks? Whether it’s a landscape, a wildlife pic, or a Milky Way shot, send it our way. You could win a Tamron camera lens!

The stars over El Capitan in Yosemite while the moon rises. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

24 Hours in Yosemite Photo Story

Every minute in the park brings new perspectives and surprises. Go around the clock at Yosemite with our dawn 'til dusk photo collection.

I Wonder...

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.

Most people drive to Yosemite. Check out our 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.

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.

A family camping in a national park

Camping and RV Parks

Be sure to experience a night under the stars during your Yosemite vacation. There are many campgrounds in Yosemite and surrounding area to choose from.

Yosemite's Ahwahnee Hotel now called Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Hotels and Cabins

Visitors to the greater Yosemite Park region will find lots of hotels to choose from to fit every need and budget while traveling to and from Yosemite

Reflection pool at Ahwahnee Hotel, now called Majestic Yosemite Hotel in Yosemite National Park

7 Things You Need to Know About Yosemite Reservations

What does the Yosemite lodging vendor change mean for those of us who made reservations in the park months ago? A lot, including a new website and phone number.

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.

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.

Family watching the falls in Yosemite Valley. Photo by Joseph Fabian

10 Things to Do in Yosemite National Park

Top ten things to do on your Yosemite Park vacation, including view a waterfall, see black bears, and top sights like Half Dome.

Hiking down from Glacier Point on the Panorama Trail in Yosemite.

Hiking Trails

Here you can traipse beside meadows on a glacier-carved valley floor or in the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias, then clamber beside thunderous waterfalls

Girl at Glacier Point in Yosemite

10 Top Things to do with Kids in Yosemite National Park

“Hold your breath kids, we are almost there!” We honk the horn and tell our kids to hold their breath as long as possible through the, almost 1 mile, long tunnel at the entrance to Yosemite Valley.

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Eden Rift Winery in San Benito County

The Pinnacle of a Getaway in San Benito County

Undiscovered Pinnacles National Park, a gorgeous wine trail and historic areas await.

Owens River near Bishop, Calif.

Bishop's Big Backyard on the Other Side of Yosemite

On the Eastern Sierra between Yosemite and Death Valley, walk among ancient trees, go trout fishing, and relax in a small town with down-to-earth people.

High Peaks Trail in Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park Top 6

Here are some of our favorite things to do from gorgeous hikes to exploring a cave.

Eating pizza at the Half Dome Pizza Deck in Yosemite Valley.

Does Yosemite Have Internet and Cell Phone Service?

Internet and cell phone service is available in select spots within the national park, but not in the backcountry.

Tioga Road going over Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park

Getting Around Yosemite National Park

Visitors to Yosemite can drive on roads throughout the park. However, we encourage you to use shuttle buses, where available. Also, some roads are closed at certain times of the year.

Map showing location of Yosemite National Park

Where is Yosemite National Park?

Yosemite National Park is located in central California with unique Sierra Nevada gateway towns surrounding it. The park has five main entrances.

2021 Yosemite Gear Guide

6 Things to Take on your Yosemite Vacation

After many trips to Yosemite and California's coast, our editor has created a list of her favorite things to bring along.