Yosemite National Park

Accommodation:

  • Yosemite View Lodge

Transport:

  • Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) provides a bus service to Yosemite
  • Amtrak trains serve San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento to and from Merced/Riverbank and connect with YARTS bus lines for direct buses into Yosemite Valley
  • If driving from San Francisco via Highway CA 120, take the Oakland-Bay Bridge (Highway 80 East) and then take Highway 580 east and follow the signs for Tracy/Stockton to Highway 205. Follow Highway 205 to Highway 120 and take Highway 120 into Yosemite National Park
  • If driving from Sacramento via Highway CA 120, take Highway 99 South to Manteca and exit onto Highway 120 East in Manteca and follow directly into Yosemite
  • If driving from Los Angeles’ South Entrance Via Highway CA 41, follow Interstate 5 North toward Bakersfield and just beyond the Grapevine towards Bakersfield, follow Highway 99 North to Fresno. From Fresno, follow Highway 41 to Yosemite Valley
  • One of the easiest ways to view the park is by taking the free shuttle bus. Parking can be difficult so it’s best to park your car and take the shuttle where ever you need to go around the Valley Floor.
  • The shuttle provides service around the eastern Yosemite Valley, including stops at or near all overnight accommodations and shops. The bus operates all year from 7am to 10pm. Click here for the route map.

Things to see:

  • Yosemite Valley
  • Mariposa Grove
  • Tunnel View Outlook
  • Half Dome
  • Tuolumne Meadows
  • Mist Trail
  • Glacier Point

Tips:

  • Travelers that fly to California can rent a car in San Francisco (4 hours away) or Sacramento (3 hours away)
  • In the peak season, the roads get busy due to the school holidays. Avoid the rush in Yosemite Valley by arriving before 9.00 am. After 7.00pm, there’s fewer cars again
  • Visitors can use the Tuolumne Meadows Hikers bus to reach Tuolumne Meadows on selected days during the summer season
  • If driving, visitors pay an entrance fee of $30 in summer and $25 in winter. There is free parking in Yosemite but it is limited, so arrive early if you want one of these parking spots
  • For more information on how to get to Yosemite and what to do, click here

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