Yosemite Lodging Guide

Map of the Area around Yosemite National Park

Although it's easy to Google a hotel near Yosemite or look up places to stay on a hotel booking website, but doing that doesn't give you nearly enough information to make a good choice.

Using this guide, you can find out all the areas to stay in and around Yosemite along with their pros and cons. Now discovering the perfect place to stay in the 1,200 square miles that you can see on a trip to Yosemite National Park has never been easier.

If you're planning on camping during your Yosemite trip, you can check out the best campgrounds in Yosemite National Park, or get an overview of the best camping spots nearby. And there's also a guide for those who are traveling in an RV.

Finally, if cost is more important to you than location, check the guide to finding Yosemite lodging on a budget.

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Lodging Inside Yosemite National Park

If you want to open your door and step right onto Yosemite grounds, consider these hotels. All of them are inside the park boundaries and come in a variety of styles.

You can get information and make reservations for the three hotels inside Yosemite National Park at Travel Yosemite which is the website for the park concessionaire that operates them.

Hotels range from the legendary Ahwahnee Hotel with its grand dining room and public spaces to motel-style rooms at Yosemite Valley Lodge. Both are in Yosemite Valley. For an unplugged experience reminiscent of yesteryear, try the Wawona Hotel which is outside the valley.

Tenaya Lodge is a privately-owned hotel just a couple of miles outside Yosemite on Highway 41.

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Lodging in Fish Camp and on Highway 41

Fish Camp is very close to Yosemite's south entrance, Wawona and the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. However, it's still about an hour's drive from the Yosemite Valley. Although it's further away from the park, you'll have the luxury of access to grocery stores and restaurants.

Some popular lodging options in Fish Camp and Highway 41 include bed and breakfast inns, vacation rentals, and camping sites.

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Lodging in Groveland and on Highway 120

On CA 120 and 40 miles from the valley, Groveland is where visitors coming from San Francisco often stay. A one-hour drive from Yosemite Valley, Groveland is a small but charming place, with several historic hotels and a few restaurants.

Groveland is also a good place to try if you like to stay in bed and breakfast inns. If you're traveling with your four-legged friend, the Groveland Hotel is pet-friendly.

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Lodging in El Portal and Midpines on Highway 140

For most visitors, Highway 140 is the best place to stay outside the park. But if you can't get by without WiFi, you may want to try Fish Camp or Groveland instead.

El Portal is about 40 minutes from the Yosemite Valley, and one advantage of staying here is that you can use the YARTS bus system to get to the Valley. The route from El Portal and Midpines to Yosemite is scenic. You may even want to stop along the way to Yosemite for a selfie or two with a beautiful California backdrop.

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Lodging in Lee Vining

On CA 120 east of the Sierras and close to Mono Lake, Lee Vining is cut off from the park during the winter when the Tioga Pass is closed. It's also a two-hour drive from Yosemite Valley and is probably best-suited as a stop on the way to or from Yosemite.

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How to Rent a Cabin at Yosemite

Clouds Rest Cabin, Yosemite Vacation Homes
Yosemite Vacation Homes

Renting a Yosemite cabin is a popular way to enjoy the park. Cabin options include housekeeping camps and privately-owned Yosemite cabin options. If you plan to rent a Yosemite cabin, plan ahead. Rentals fill up fast.

Consult this Yosemite map to get a better idea of where each of these areas is with respect to Yosemite and the Valley.

Options in the Park

  • Redwoods in Yosemite Cabin: Located near Wawona (Big Trees Lodge) on the south side of Yosemite, they offer vacation home/Yosemite cabin rentals year round and have some pet-friendly cabins that allow up to 2 pets (for an extra daily fee).
  • Yosemite Vacation Homes: Yosemite cabins inside the national park at Yosemite West.
  • Yosemite Cabins - Inside the Park: Located inside the park, these Yosemite cabin accommodations are only a 15-minute drive or 8 miles from the valley.

Options in Groveland

  • Yosemite Bug: This rustic resort offers not only the hostel accommodations it's better known for, but also new private Yosemite cabin lodging with baths, bed and breakfast style private rooms with shared bath in the main lodge. They also have tent cabin options.
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