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Staying into 2-3 different areas in Yosemite?

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Staying into 2-3 different areas in Yosemite?

We are planning to visit Yosemite for 1 week in the early part of September but are trying to decide how to organize our visit.

We are thinking of splitting the week into staying in 2 or 3 different areas of the park to enable us to see as much as possible and avoid wasting time with a lot of driving back and forth to one base camp. I'm hoping this will also help us with being able to find accommodation at such short notice.

Which areas would you recommend we look at for our accommodation as we are first time visitors to Yosemite and want to enjoy as many different areas as possible.

We definitely want to see Sequoias as in April we were in Death Valley and then Kernville but couldn't get up to to the Sequoias due to the snow.

We like to hike but are casual hikers eg 3-4hr hikes is our average. We are in our 40's and will be driving from LA.

Thanks

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1. Re: Staying into 2-3 different areas in Yosemite?

I would try to stay in the Valley, in or around Fish Camp or Oakhurst to see the southern part and then the last place would be Groveland or Lee Vining to see the north end. I wouldn't do it in that order - the order depends on where you plan to enter and or exit the park.

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2. Re: Staying into 2-3 different areas in Yosemite?

We're fairly flexible at this stage. We're driving up and returning to LA but could go through Oakhurst or Mariposa based on people's suggestions as to which areas to stay and/or which is the most scenic.

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3. Re: Staying into 2-3 different areas in Yosemite?

Hi Brit_Abroad

One of the trip reports linked to the Top Questions (upper right) is from Nolatrekkers. I think she & her family stayed 4 different places.

Here is a map showing the main areas: nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/loader.cfm… I think that Yosemite West is a good "central" location for visiting the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and Glacier Point. It's an excellent place to access the Valley as well, but many folks prefer staying *in* the Valley rather than nearby. Driving to each of those 3 places is 25 - 35 minutes.

September is a perfect time to visit the high country along Tioga Road. If you can get lodging in a tent cabin in Tuolumne Meadows or White Wolf, that would be close. Staying in Lee Vining might work for you. This is an area where you can find slow strolls, 3-5 hour day hikes, more strenuous 8-12 hour day hikes, or multi-day backpacking trips.

If you haven't yet read the relevant Top Questions and Itineraries in the upper right, I'd suggest you do that soon.

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4. Re: Staying into 2-3 different areas in Yosemite?

You could make your choices based on availability of lodging. At this moment they are showing rooms available at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (in the Valley) for Sept. 5 (only). And that will change quickly. They show nothing available at all at Tuolumne Lodge or White Wolf, but---ta-da! there is room at May Lake High Sierra Camp on Sept. 6, which would be a real treat. It is only a one-mile hike in to this very special (and rustic) place. People actually have to go through a lottery to get reservations there, but there are always a few left over.

If you are interested in that I would suggest acting on it righ taway, and then work your other locations from that.

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5. Re: Staying into 2-3 different areas in Yosemite?

I am trying to book for next June and Yosemite Lodge is sold out for the month. Is that typical? Got 3 nights at Wawona and 3 nights in Curry Village for now but would like to upgrade to Yosemite Lodge. Do they open up rooms later or is it really sold out for next June already?

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6. Re: Staying into 2-3 different areas in Yosemite?

Everyone ~ the most popular lodgings book up very soon after becoming available. As soon as you think you know your itinerary, make reservations!

So, yes, if Yosemite Lodge at the Falls shows no availability, that means all the rooms are booked. But this doesn't mean you can't stay there. Here are some options:

- Book anything you can find through YosemitePark.com. (Looks like you've already done that!)

- Watch for cancellations on the website, and book any night that becomes available during your intended stay.

- Continue this process of finding a room for a single night until you have cobbled together an itinerary that works for you. Then call the 800 phone number and have the friendly DNC employee cancel the ones you don't need and put all the reservations together into one reservation-block.

OR

- Look for a room through a 3rd party website that does NOT charge you for a cancellation or change. Another TA member booked through Hotels.com and it worked. But be careful; there are some 'unscrupulous' vendors who charge a 10% fee for any change to your reservation, or a 50% cancellation fee, or some other nonsense. If you later find a room available through YosemitePark.com for a better price, then cancel your 3rd-party reservation.

We all wish that these 3rd party vendors wouldn't book blocks of rooms, but they do. Ugh.

Enzian ~ checking for availability at May Lake HSC is a fabulous idea!

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7. Re: Staying into 2-3 different areas in Yosemite?

thanks. Hotels.com not booking June 2012 yet. Cobbling together the rooms might work though. Do you realistically expect any cancellations until late spring?

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8. Re: Staying into 2-3 different areas in Yosemite?

Thanks everyone for their advice. We are busy now trying to find accommodation for the whole week and are definitely going to split our trip into at least 2 areas to ensure we get to see as much aspossible.

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