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Yosemite National Park Lodging

Yosemite National Park Lodging: Pros and Cons

If you're visiting Yosemite Park for the first time - shoot, even if it's your 50th time! - there's no better way to get to know Yosemite intimately than to stay inside the park.  There's plenty of camping available, but there's also lodging for those who don't wish to rough it.

Pros: Lodging inside Yosemite gives you the opportunity to see and do things that are simply impossible if you stay somewhere else.

If you stay outside the park, driving time to and fro will take up some of your day, leaving less time in the park.

You may have to take time also to find someplace to eat.

You'll limit the amount of time available for hiking and exploring.

And you'll most certainly miss the sunrises, sunsets, and evening ranger activities.

Cons: Lodging inside the park is generally more expensive than that available outside the park; it's also more in demand, so you may not be able to get a reservation during the busy seasons of Spring, Summer, and Fall.

And during the busy seasons, the Valley Floor can be wall to wall bumpers and bodies, making it less of the peaceful, natural experience you were hoping for.

But if you opt for inside the park - even during the busiest times - you'll discover so much more of what Yosemite National Park is all about. And there's a variety of lodging types inside Yosemite's boundaries plus  year-round camping as well. We promise, if you stay in the park, you'll be glad you did! 

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Yosemite National Park Lodging Options

Yosemite lodging - that which includes a
building or some sort of structure for your nighttime protection - can be divided into four categories.

  • Next is the Lodge that's comfortable and easy while being front and center to all of the Yosemite Valley floor excitement - Yosemite Lodge at the Falls.
  • If you want something a little closer to nature but still comfortable and easy, try the Yosemite Cabins and Tent Cabins at Curry Village.
  • Last but not least: Are you visiting Yosemite in the summer and wanting to get away from the madding crowds? Here's a little Insider Secret: head for the High Country Lodges - Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and White Wolf Lodge. Check it out: I've got a surprise lodging choice for you in the High Country!

Whichever of these options appeals to you, I guarantee you'll have a wonderful experience staying inside Yosemite National Park!

Each Yosemite National Park lodging choice here has its own charm, so we'll explore them all and you can decide which is right for you!

  • Yosemite Hotels
    Whether you choose the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley, or the Wawona Hotel higher up, you won't be disappointed.
  • Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
    Yosemite Lodge at the Falls is a less expensive hotel option; it's also a good choice when you want to stay in the valley but find that the Ahwahnee is booked.
  • Yosemite Cabins and Tent Cabins
    You'll find several levels of comfort from which to choose when you're wanting to stay a little closer to nature, but still want an easy visit.
  • Yosemite High Country Lodges
    Wait 'till you see what's available in the high country! You won't believe it!

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