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Yosemite is the third oldest national park in the nation and no words can really describe this ecological wonder. A national treasure, Yosemite National Park is located 200 miles east of San Francisco in the High Sierra Nevada Mountains. It offers some of the most outstanding scenery in the world, including some of the largest waterfalls found anywhere on earth, Alpine forests, three groves of giant sequoia trees, and the granite monoliths of El Capitan and Half Dome. Yosemite Park covers almost 1,200 square miles and ranges from 2,000 to 13,000 feet above sea level. The beautiful Merced River runs right through the glacially carved valley, that has countless streams, lakes, meadows, vistas and unusual rock formations. Exceptional recreational opportunities abound in Yosemite, including hiking, backpacking, biking, fishing, and rock climbing. It's also a wonderful place for birdwatching, wildlife viewing, photography, and stargazing. Ranger guided walks, talks, horseback rides and programs are also offered in the park. Rafting and canoeing are available on the nearby rivers, and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are popular in the wintertime. There is one hotel inside the park that offers luxury rooms, and camping is one of the most popular ways to spend the night. There are also various lodging choices nearby outside the park. Yosemite is also near the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway and Kings Canyon National Park. With indescribable natural beauty, Yosemite National Park leaves visitors awestruck and must be seen to be believed.

Surrounding areas: Wawona, California (12.2 mi), Fish Camp, California (13.2 mi), Ahwahnee, California (24.6 mi), Mariposa, California (26.2 mi), June Lake, California (27.8 mi), Bridgeport, California (30.0 mi), Coarsegold, California (31.0 mi)

Yosemite Vacation Rentals

Yosemite Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Ahwahnee Hotel1 Ahwahnee WayYosemite, CA (559) 252-4848
Cedar Lodge9966 Hwy 140El Portal, CA11.8 mi.(209) 742-7106
Yosemite View Lodge11156 Hwy 140El Portal, CA11.8 mi.(209) 379-2681
Wawona HotelYosemite National ParkWawona, CA12.2 mi.(209) 375-6437
Apple Tree InnFish Camp, CA15.7 mi.(209) 683-5111
Marriott's Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite1122 Hwy 41Fishcamp, CA16.8 mi.(209) 683-6555
The Homestead41110 Rd 600Ahwahnee, CA24.6 mi.(209) 683-0495
Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn40530 Hwy 41Oakhurst, CA26.0 mi.(559) 683-2378
Comfort Inn40489 Hwy 41Oakhurst, CA26.0 mi.(559) 683-8282
Days Inn-oakhurst40662 Hwy 41Oakhurst, CA26.0 mi.(559) 642-2525
Shilo Inn Oakhurst40644 Hwy 41Oakhurst, CA26.0 mi.(559) 683-3555
Comfort Inn Mariposa4994 Bullion StMariposa, CA26.1 mi.(209) 966-4344
Ramada Limited And Suites48800 Royal Oaks DrOakhurst, CA26.1 mi.(800) 658-2888
Best Western Yosemite Way Station Motel4999 Hwy 140Mariposa, CA26.2 mi.(209) 966-7545
Holiday Inn Express5059 Hwy 140Mariposa, CA26.2 mi.(800) 966-9746
Mariposa Lodge1052 Hwy 140Mariposa, CA26.2 mi.(209) 966-3607
Sierra View SuitesMariposa, CA26.2 mi.(209) 966-5793
The Miners Inn Motel5155 Hwy 140Mariposa, CA26.2 mi.(209) 742-7777
Chateau Du Sureau48688 Victoria LnOakhurst, CA26.2 mi.(209) 683-6860

Yosemite Weather & Climate

The Central Sierra Nevada Mountains, near Yosemite National Park, experiences four exciting seasons. Summers are warm to hot with occasional rain or thunderstorms (especially in the higher elevations.) Fall is variable with conditions that can run from warm to cold, wet to dry to snowy. Most of Yosemite National Park stays open through November, but short-term closures can occur due to snow. Winter in the Central Sierra Nevada Mountains is very snowy and cold. The amounts and intensity of storms can be quite severe at elevations above 7,000 feet. Tire chains are often required on many of the mountain roads in winter. Spring is sunny and relatively mild but can still experience a snowstorm. With rains and snow melt, spring is one of the best times to see the many beautiful waterfalls in the area.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 27°F 6.73 in. -
February 52°F 29°F 6.92 in. -
March 57°F 33°F 5.80 in. -
April 64°F 37°F 2.57 in. -
May 72°F 43°F 1.58 in. -
June 81°F 49°F 0.79 in. -
July 89°F 55°F 0.51 in. -
August 90°F 54°F 0.21 in. -
September 84°F 49°F 0.92 in. -
October 73°F 41°F 2.27 in. -
November 57°F 31°F 4.66 in. -
December 47°F 27°F 4.77 in. -

Yosemite Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Mammoth Yosemite airport (MMH) located about 40 miles east of Yosemite in Mammoth Lakes, California, the Castle airport (MER) located approximately 58 miles west of Yosemite in Merced, California, the Fresno Yosemite International airport (FAT) located roughly 64 miles south of Yosemite in Fresno, California, and finally the Eastern Sierra Regional airport (BIH) located around 69 miles southeast of Yosemite in Bishop, California.

Yosemite Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Blackbeard's Family Entertainment CenterFresnoCA66.7 mi.
Rotary PlaylandFresnoCA66.7 mi.
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA88.2 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Water AdventuresClovisCA60.8 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA65.2 mi.
The Island Waterpark and Family Fun VillageFresnoCA66.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Mather Golf CourseMatherCA19.7 mi.
River Creek Golf CourseAhwahneeCA24.6 mi.
Ski Areas
June MountainJune LakeCA27.7 mi.
Mammoth MountainMammoth LakesCA33.0 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA45.0 mi.
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA58.7 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA74.5 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA82.5 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA87.9 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA101.0 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA106.3 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA107.4 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV109.4 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA117.3 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA117.3 mi.
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA119.6 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA119.6 mi.
Zoos and Aquariums
Chaffee Zoological GardensFresnoCA66.7 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA97.4 mi.

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