1 . Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Fish Camp, California

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Bordering Sierra National Forest, Tenaya Lodge is a classic mountain resort set on 35 acres surrounded by rich evergreens and boundless activities. The resort is named after Chief Tenaya of the Southern Sierra Miwok.

The supreme elegance that showers Tenaya Lodge offers an inviting ambiance. Stay in luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites that feature warm earth tones and local fabrics and offer modern amenities. Tenaya’s suites feature private balconies with sweeping views of Yosemite. Lively year-round activities both inside and outside the park appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers. An extensive network of mountain biking trails crisscross Sierra National Forest and into Yosemite. Hike 5.5-miles to Tenaya’s hidden Sierra waterfall. Ride along a narrated steam train on an old-fashioned shay locomotive – an ideal family adventure! Explore Sierra National Forest by starlight on a guided flashlight hike – try it on snowshoes as well! Rest at Ascent, the Spa at Tenaya Lodge. With affordable luxury services and treatments, there’s no better place to relax after an activity-filled day. And, the resort’s perfect mountain location makes it an idyllic location for your dream wedding! Discover the beauty and mystique of Yosemite National Park and Sierra National Forest at Tenaya Lodge!

Address

1122 California 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623

Elevation

Fish Camp has an elevation of 5,062 fett (1,543 m).

Fun facts

Fish Camp was formerly called Happy Camp and Berry’s Fish Camp.

2 . The Ahwahnee Hotel

Yosemite Valley, California

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A distinctive AAA Four-Diamond hotel, the Ahwahnee Hotel is known for its impressive façade and architectural presence. Designed to reflect its natural surroundings, the hotel has played host to royalty and presidents alike.

The Ahwahnee Hotel was designed and inspired by the affluent traveler. The hotel’s site was chosen because of its breathtaking views of Yosemite’s most cherished assets – Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. The Great Lounge, the hotel’s study, features floor-to-ceiling windows bathing the lounge in sunlight, a stone fireplace and Native American woven baskets for décor. The Solarium radiates with sunlight on three sides and features expansive views of Glacier Point. The Solarium’s indoor fountain and profusion of lovely plants makes this the most romantic room at the Ahwahnee. In addition, the hotel offers 123 luxurious guest rooms and cottages that offer stunning views of the park. Lounge by the year-round outdoor heated swimming pool. Peruse the Ahwahnee’s unique gift shop and Sweet Shop. Enjoy cocktails at the Ahwahnee Bar. Or, explore the park and its famous sites! If you’re looking for an upscale boutique hotel, there’s no place like the Ahwahnee Hotel! This Yosemite hotel offers a unique peek into the history of the park.

Address

9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Elevation

Mount Lyell is the highest peak in Yosemite standing at 13,114 ft/3,997 m.

Fun facts

Over 3.7 million people visit Yosemite each year.

3 . Yosemite Lodge at the Falls

Yosemite National Park, California

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As the closest lodge to Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls is an idyllic retreat for families and groups. Blending its decorative façade with vast wilderness, the lodge reflects the natural beauty of Yosemite Valley.

Yosemite Lodge at the Falls offers guest rooms and family rooms. And the lodge has unveiled several green rooms based on sustainability and eco-friendly initiatives. In fact, the lodge is in the process of converting all of its rooms to eco-friendly rooms. Visit the Mountain Room Restaurant which offers local organic and seasonal fare. Relax at the outdoor heated pool with its weekend poolside bar. Bicycle rentals are available to explore Sierra National Forest and the network of biking trails throughout the park. At night, enjoy a show or movie at the lodge’s outdoor amphitheater. And of course, visit Yosemite Falls, the highest measured waterfall in the nation. Yosemite Falls is the sixth highest waterfall in the world. Miles of hiking trails will lead you up to the Lower Falls. If you’re feeling adventurous, several rock climbers have taken to climbing this extremely dangerous rock face. A stay at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls is an extraordinary outdoor adventure for families and groups alike.

Address

P.O. Box 578, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Total area

1,189 sq. mi. (3,080 km2).

Fun facts

Yosemite was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1984.

4 . Yosemite’s Four Seasons Vacation Rentals

Yosemite Valley, California

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Discover the remote town of Yosemite West, just outside the Yosemite National Park in the Sierra National Forest. This mountain town – there are no stores or restaurants in the immediate area – is home to Yosemite’s Four Seasons Vacation Rentals.

Located inside Yosemite National Park, Yosemite’s Four Seasons Vacation Rentals offers luxurious condominiums, suites, apartments and rental homes. Cozy mountain condos feature private fireplaces, kitchens and open lofts. Luxury suites feature kitchens, pool tables and hot tubs. Apartment homes feature private fireplaces, wet bars, hot tubs and kitchens. And rental homes, which are ideal for families, feature Jacuzzi tubs, spacious patios and kitchens. Yosemite West is a private resort community within the park. A number of hiking trails follow old railroad beds by the Yosemite Lumber Company. Hike to Alder Creek Fall cascading down 100 feet through rock cutouts. Or, hike to Henness Ridge lookout tower, a historic site which is one of two remaining rustic-style lookouts in the state. In winter, you’ll find that these trails can be accessed using snowshoes, for a different type of hiking experience. Visit the quiet town of Yosemite West and stay in cozy, rustic luxury accommodations suited just the way you like.

Address

7519 Henness Circle, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Highlights

Visit El Capitan, a prominent rock climbing destination overlooking Yosemite Valley.

Fun facts

Almost 95% of Yosemite is designated as wilderness.

5 . Yosemite Cedar Lodge

South Lake Tahoe, Nevada

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Yosemite Cedar Lodge is an enjoyable family-friendly retreat just minutes from Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite Cedar Lodge offers scenic views and private beach access along the Merced River, a great location for watching rafts pass and whitewater trips. Original carved bears can be found throughout the lodge’s property and kids love to hunt for them with the Kid’s Guide. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools add to the family-friendly ambiance. The lodge offers several room types including a master suite, family rooms and honeymoon suites. The lodge’s reception and meeting room is one of the largest wedding reception sites in Yosemite. Enjoy decadent cuisine at the on-site restaurant or venture to the 50’s-era diner for cheeseburgers and milkshakes. Catch your favorite sports team at the sport bar on-site. Then head out on an exhilarating adventure in Yosemite! The YARTS shuttle will pick you up at the lodge for a narrated tour of the park. Tour many of the park’s most famous sites including Tuolumne Meadows, El Capitan, Yosemite Village and so much more! Plus, the base of Yosemite Falls is one of the most romantic places to pop the question! Yosemite Cedar Lodge is the family-friendly choice for your Yosemite vacation!

Address

9966 Highway 140, P.O. Box C, El Portal, CA 95318

Elevation

El Portal has an elevation of 1,939 feet(591 m).

Fun facts

El Portal is Spanish for “the gateway”.

6 . Evergreen Lodge Yosemite

Groveland, California

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The historic Evergreen Lodge Yosemite is located in the Sierra National Forest bordering Yosemite National Park. Escape the crowds and relish the serenity and mountain charm of this exciting vacation destination.

Set amidst the tall, unwavering pines of the Sierra National Forest, Evergreen Yosemite Lodge’s fully furnished cabins are dotted along the properties 22 acres. The lodge has cabins for everyone – couples, families, groups and more! Each cabin boasts private bathrooms and private decks with sweeping views of the forest. And Yosemite’s boundless activities are all the more reason to visit! Explore the park’s most beautiful trails, waterfalls and scenic vistas on a naturalist led hiking tour. And in winter, snowshoe to the park’s majestic sites. White water raft down the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers for an exhilarating adventure! Or, enjoy the on-site facilities of the lodge. Dine of delectable fare at the restaurant and gather for cocktails at the tavern. Head to the Recreation Center for a night of board games, movies and roasting s’mores over the fireplace. There’s never a dull moment in Yosemite! Venture out and seek the road less traveled at Evergreen Lodge Yosemite, a charming mountain lodge in the Sierra National Forest.

Address

33160 Evergreen Road, Groveland, California 95321

Population

Groveland has a population of 3,388.

Highlights

Visit the Iron Door Saloon, the oldest continuously operating saloon in California and just minutes from Yosemite.

7 . Oakhurst Lodge

Oakhurst, California

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Near the south entrance to Yosemite National Park, the Oakhurst Lodge is an ideal home base to your Yosemite adventure.

In the heart of Oakhurst, the lodge provides affordable and cozy accommodations for a private and serene California Sierra Nevada vacation. The lodge offers 60 deluxe guest rooms with modern amenities and breathtaking views of the national park. Plus, you’re within walking distance to Oakhurst’s many antique shops, galleries, award-winning restaurants, theaters and more! You’ll find plenty to do in Oakhurst. Hitch a ride on the Jenny Railcars of the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad. Take a wine tour of the Madera Wine Trails. The Famous Talking Bear is directly across from the lodge and promotes respect for the Sierra National Forest and wildlife. And don’t forget about Yosemite National Park! Known for its amazing waterfalls, make sure to visit Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, Verdal Fall and Nevada Fall, among others. The Half Dome is probably one of the most recognizable figures in Yosemite, rising nearly 5,000 feet above the Valley. So, relax and retreat to the Madera Valley where you’ll find privacy and create lasting memories.

Address

40302 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Elevation

Oakhurst has an elevation of 2,274 feet (693 m).

Fun facts

Oakhurst earned the nickname of “birthplace of computer gaming” being the home of the Sierra On-Line game developer from 1981 to 1999.

8 . Cozy Bear Cottages

Yosemite National Park, California

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Cozy Bear Cottages is a relaxing retreat after a long day exploring Yosemite National Park. Located in the resort town of Yosemite West, Cozy Bear Cottages is an ideal Yosemite vacation destination.

Cozy Bear Cottages are modern duplexes situated amidst a pine, fir and cedar forest. Each of the cottages feature large living rooms with stone fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens and covered patios. There’s so much to do in Yosemite National Park! Visit Badger Pass, California’s original ski resort, for groomed downhill and cross-country ski trails. Over 12 miles of bike trails take you to some of the most beautiful sites. Plus, Yosemite West is predominantly flat, so you’ll be able to bike at your own pace. Saddle up and explore the park on horseback! Three stables within the park are terrific for scenic journeys on horseback. And Yosemite is a great family-friendly destination! The Junior Ranger program teaches kids about the importance of park preservation and kids earn a Junior Ranger badge by cleaning up the park. Or, enjoy a starry evening hike by flashlight through the park. Enjoy modern vacation homes in Yosemite West during your stay at Cozy Bear Cottages, located in the national park!

Address

7226 Yosemite Park Way, Yosemite West, CA 95389

Highlights

Visit Mount Lyell, the highest peak in Yosemite.

Fun facts

There are over 3,200 lakes throughout Yosemite.

9 . Yosemite Pines

Groveland, California

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Yosemite Pines is a great base camp for daily excursions to Yosemite National Park. Just minutes from the western entrance, Yosemite Pines offers affordable lodging and camping sites for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike!

Yosemite Pines offers a variety of lodging options for your vacation. The resort offers four full-service RV parks and a campground. In addition, a variety of cabin rentals – luxury, premium, standard, deluxe, basic and yurts –features fully furnished kitchens or kitchenettes and private baths. And Yosemite Pines offers numerous amenities to make your stay more comfortable. Learn to pan for gold at the Gold Mine. Make furry new friends at the Petting Farm. And splash in the outdoor swimming pool! Then, head into Yosemite National Park for a true outdoor adventure. Fly fish in one of the park’s 1,600 miles of streams and creeks. Hike the park’s network of trails (over 800 miles!) to visit hidden waterfalls, granite cliffs and rock formations. And of course, don’t forget to visit the park’s signature sites – Glacier Point and the Half-Dome! Yosemite Pines puts you minutes from the adventure and exhilarating thrills of Yosemite National Park while offering some of the best and affordable accommodations.

Address

20450 Old Highway 120, Groveland, CA 95321

Total area

Groveland has a total area of 28.8 sq. mi. (74.6 km2).

Fun facts

Groveland is adjacent to the Stanislaus National Forest, one of the oldest national forests.

10 . Yosemite View Lodge

El Portal, California

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Get any closer and you’d be staying in Yosemite National Park! Our final pick, the Yosemite View Lodge, is the closest lodging accommodation to any of the national park’s four major entrances.

The beautiful Yosemite View Lodge offers breathtaking views of Yosemite National Park. Each of the beautifully appointed 335 guest rooms and suites feature modern amenities and are the perfect setting for a romantic retreat or family vacation. Family suites with kitchenettes are available for extra space. Most of the lodge’s rooms feature dramatic views of the Merced River from private balconies and outdoor spas. Enjoy the lodge’s two outdoor and one indoor pool, five spa tubs and the Yosemite View Restaurant. There’s also a general store and cocktail lounge! The lodge’s location is ideal for visiting some of Yosemite National Park’s most cherished sites including Yosemite Falls, the Half Dome and El Capitan. The YART shuttle offers scenic tours of the park, and will even pick you up from the lodge! Yosemite View Lodge puts you in the midst of all the action and mere minutes from Yosemite National Park.

Address

11136 Highway 140, P.O. Box D, El Portal, CA 95318

Highlights

High Country Wildflower Hikes is an expedition for plant lovers.

Fun facts

El Portal is an unincorporated town in California’s Mariposa County.

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