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Yosemite National Park is an area of extraordinary natural beauty in the center of California. It has abundant flora and fauna in addition to majestic mountains, giant trees, vast valleys and peaceful lakes. Every year, millions of travelers visit the park, which stretches across 747,956 acres (302,687 hectares). Glaciers formed the fascinating landscape about 1 million years ago.
See Yosemite Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the United States. The 2,425-foot (739.1-meter) attraction is one of the park’s most visited sites. Enjoy a picnic on a grassy area nearby while listening to the flowing water.
Get a permit in advance to make the arduous 8.5-mile (13.7-kilometer) hike up Half Dome. Steel cables help hikers climb the steep final section. Some attempt this trek overnight to watch the sunrise from the summit and avoid the afternoon heat. Plan for more than 10 hours for the round trip.
While views from Yosemite Falls and Half Dome are impressive, Glacier Point may be the park’s most spectacular spot. Access the area by car or on foot or skis in winter. Capture photos of the panoramic vista incorporating sparkling granite mountains and tree-covered valleys.
Descend into Yosemite Valley to explore lakes and vegetation. Paddle in the chilly waters of the Merced River.
Investigate some of the world’s largest trees in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The Grizzly Giant has a 27 foot (8.2 meter) diameter. Walk through carefully carved gaps for the bizarre experience of standing inside a tree.
Look for many types of wildlife, from spotted owls and white-headed woodpeckers to king snakes and American black bears.
Amtrak trains and tour buses arrive in Yosemite Valley from Los Angeles and San Francisco, which are respectively 300 miles (482.8 kilometers) and 200 miles (321.9 kilometers) from the park. Be sure to make an advance reservation if you plan to stay overnight.
Yosemite National Park is so vast and diverse that you can spend weeks exploring the picturesque region.
There's no place in the world exactly like Yosemite National Park (and vicinity). So you can make the most of your visit, we've put together a list of the most popular activities:
If you'd like more options, have a look at our Central Interior California things to do page.
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Located on 35 acres bordering the Sierra National Forest, the Tenaya Lodge is in Fish Camp, 2 miles from the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park and abundant year-round recreation.
Situated in Mammoth Lakes, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mammoth Hospital and Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center. Edison Theater and Mammoth Ski Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in the mountains, this motel is close to Mammoth Hospital, Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, and Sierra Star Golf Course. Also nearby are Edison Theater and Mammoth Ski Museum.
Located slope side 45 minutes from the Eastern Entrance of Yosemite National Park lies Juniper Springs Resort. Juniper Springs connects the town bike path to the Juniper Mountain bike trail.
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8 miles from the Arch Rock entrance to Yosemite National Park, this lodge offers a "base" for adventures in the surrounding area.
Situated in a national park, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Rainbow Pool and within 12 mi (20 km) of Groveland Wayside Park and Mary Laveroni Community Park. Pine Mountain Lake and Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course are also within 12 mi (20 km).
The Village Lodge places guests in the center of Mammoth Lakes, just a 15-minute ride on the free hotel shuttle from Mammoth Yosemite Airport. A 5-minute stroll takes visitors to the town’s restaurants and shops, and access to the ski slopes and trails is as simple as hopping on a gondola.
Situated on a lake, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mammoth Hospital, Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, and Sierra Star Golf Course. Edison Theater and Mammoth Ski Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).