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Yosemite - help!

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Yosemite - help!

Hi all,

I am planning a two night stay in Yosemite as part of a 3 week trip from SF to Vegas. We will be coming from Napa/Calistoga and then going to the coast/big sur etc.

What I would like to know is roughly where is the best location to stay in Yosemite for a two night trip?

Can we stay at the same place for the two nights and easily get around the whole park?

Do you mainly drive around the park or walk?

Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: Yosemite - help!


Start with the map linked to the lodging article in the Top Questions. And read that lodging article.

Here is a Simple Park Map yosemite.ca.us/maps/yosemite_national_park_o…

Yes, you can stay in one place. But some folks would change lodgings.

No, you cannot walk to the four most popular areas of Yosemite NP. You can ride a free shuttle around Yosemite Valley, but the other 'best bits' are an hour or more away from Yosemite Valley by car.

A basic 2 night visit might be

Day 1 - arrive midday, enjoy Yosemite Valley, sleep Yosemite Valley

Day 2 - Glacier Point in the morning, Mariposa Grove in the afternoon, sleep along Hwy 41 (Oakhurst, Fresno)

Day 3 - shorter drive to Monterey (north of Big Sur) or to Cambria (south of Big Sur)

Or maybe

Day 1 - head straight up to the high country of Tuolumne Meadows, hike/walk, drive 1.5 hrs back down to Yosemite Valley (or El Portal?) to sleep

Day 2 - Glacier Point in the morning, Yosemite Valley in the afternoon (or reverse) Sleep Yosemite Valley (or El Portal? or visit Glacier Point in the afternoon and sleep at the Wawona Hotel?)

Day 3 - Mariposa Grove in the morning, exit via Hwy 41 / South Entrance and drive 4-5 hrs to coastal destination.

There are many other options.

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These personal videos might help with your planning:

San Francisco to Mariposa Grove: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GyzrybDWSg

Mariposa Grove to Curry Village in Yosemite Valley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXiB4wre6xk

Vernal Falls trail in Yosemite Valley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUHO-_Ls6F8

Glacier Point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APxCtZ76JY4

Tioga Pass and Owens Valley (US395): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ7RgMNbrzc

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