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Yosemite National Park

Kayaking and floating on the Merced River in Yosemite

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.

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.

Groveland's Iron Door Saloon and The Groveland Hotel. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Stops on the Way

Our top picks for nearby towns and attractions to visit for the best outdoor activities, sightseeing, dining, and vacation fun on the way to the park.

Yosemite Sugar Pine Railroad 10 Curve

Guided Tours

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

Polly Dome (left) and Medlicott Dome (center) bordering Tenaya Lake in Yosemite.

Your Perfect Day in Yosemite

Only have 24 hours? Make the most of it with this tour of the park’s must-see sites on Tioga Road, a sequoia grove, Yosemite Falls, and Glacier Point.

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

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.

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

What's New

Jonathan Fox hiking with his son

Message in a Bottle

Jon Fox of EcoVessel talks about why he launched his water bottle company and how EcoVessel is making a difference in the lives of school-aged children all over the world.

Mirror Lake.

Lakes in Yosemite National Park

Among the most beautiful natural attractions in Yosemite are its pristine lakes. Favorite include Mirror Lake, Tenaya Lake, and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

Waterwheel Falls in Yosemite. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Yosemite's Less Visited Waterfalls

If you're looking for solitude, there are many more hidden waterfalls throughout the park, which are nearly as beautiful as their valley sisters.

Retzlaff Vineyards in Livermore, Calif.

Tri-Valley's Grape Scene

Discover a down-to-earth wine tasting scene and sun you can count on less than an hour from San Francisco.

Dawn at the pools of Tenaya Lodge

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

An all-season resort with a rich range of recreation options, less than 3 miles from Yosemite's South Entrance.