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Where to stay close to yosemite

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Where to stay close to yosemite

My wife and I plan to visit Yosemite with our 8 yr old son and 6 yr old daughter for 2 or 3 days in July as part of a two-week tour of California.

We'll arrive via US-95, heading for the Tioga Pass, and would like suggestions about accommodation just outside the park because we think staying inside the park would be beyond our means - however, feel free to contradict us on this. Perhaps it would be best to stay near the east entrance at Tioga. We'd like accommodation that's cheap (100 -150 US dollars, including tax), clean and family-friendly.

Our plan while we're there is to do some sight-seeing and rather than participating in hard-core outdoorsy stuff, we'll be using the shuttle bus service to ferry us from one location to another.

We've checked out the excellent nps.gov website but would welcome any top tips.

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1. Re: Where to stay close to yosemite

On your first night you could stay on the east side in Lee Vining and see all there is to see on the east side including Mono Lake and then explore teh north side of the park. The next day drive into the valley and see all there is to see. Daylight will be long so you could even get in a hike to Vernal Falls or to Mirror lake. Eat at Whoa Nellie Deli in Lee Vining.

Then head to the south entrance and stay the night in Oakhurst. The next day you can see the south end of the park like Wawona and the Mariposa Grove. Loding in Oakhurst is cheaper than other areas around hte park.

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2. Re: Where to stay close to yosemite

We were just in Oakhurst yesterday and spent time in the Bass Lake area. You may want to consider the Pines Resort at Bass Lake, this will put you a little closer to the park than Oakhurst. They have Chalets that may be in your price range. This is a very family friendly resort with an outdoor pool, jacuzzi and great restaurant, Ducey's on the Lake. The Bar & Grill will also be open in the summer.

Oakhurst has many different places to stay. You may want to inquire about the Best Western Gateway Inn or the Shilo Inn there. Have fun! :)

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3. Re: Where to stay close to yosemite

Oakhurst is a good suggestion, I spent ages researching (also thanks to help from TA members) and have just booked for mid-April at the Shilo Inn, got a great deal on expedia!

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4. Re: Where to stay close to yosemite

I hope you enjoy your time in Oakhurst, for good meals check out Crab Cakes for some really good seafood in a casual, colorful ambiance and El Cid for really yummy Mexican food. :)

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5. Re: Where to stay close to yosemite

Thanks for the advice - you've certainly given us some great ideas and I've been checking out accommodation in Lee Vining. Cheers.

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6. Re: Where to stay close to yosemite

Here are some other useful links.

Mileage & drive time to various destinations from Yosemite Valley: nps.gov/yose/…mileages9-2007.pdf The Valley is about 1 1/4 hours from Oakhurst, but it's fairly close to Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and to Wawona.

Yosemite Guide, summer 08: nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/yg08-1.pdf You'll receive the current issue of this newspaper guide when you pay your entrance fee ($20 for seven days), but looking at the one from 2008 can give you some good ideas. This issue has a Kids Corner and a great map.

My absolutely most favorite quick hike is Sentinel Dome on the Glacier Point road. It's 2.2 miles round trip, but the destination is on top of a beautiful dome. You feel like you've really accomplished something when you get up top, and the views are great. A determined six-year-old can make it to the top. Carry water. tripadvisor.com/…18346514

There are many shorter hikes in Yosemite Valley and in Tuolumne Meadows. It's easy to enjoy Yosemite without the "hard-core outdoorsy stuff" (like my six day backpacking trip in August.)

My other favorite thing is to carry picnic lunches, snacks, and drinks with you. When kids get hungry, you will either be miles from a snack bar/ restaurant or the line will be really really long. Whoa Nellie Deli in Lee Vining is a great choice for loading up with sandwiches before entering the Park from the east. whoanelliedeli.com Oakhurst has big grocery stores.

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7. Re: Where to stay close to yosemite

Where do you head after Yosemite, this might help you make a determination on where to spend your nights around Yosemite. If you are heading South, Oakhurst area is a great idea. If you are heading North or West, you might look at one of the other two options, Highway 120 or 140. Evergreen Lodge is a family favorite with cabins and kids activiies and close to the gate and Hetch Hetchy area of Yosemite. www.StayNearYosemite.com for details.

Enjoy!

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8. Re: Where to stay close to yosemite

The Hounds Tooth Inn gets my vote, located a few miles from the South entrance.

http://www.houndstoothinn.com/

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9. Re: Where to stay close to yosemite

Make sure the munchkins get an opportunity to complete the Junior Ranger program; easily done in 2 to 3 days. You could purchase the workbook in Tuolomne Meadows (pays for the workbook and patch given upon completion) and have it half completed by the time you spend an hour in the valley. The ranger program on bears is always fascinating. If you finish while near the Mariposa Grove, the Wawona visitor center would be able to check the workbook and award the patch.

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