Yosemite National Park, located in east-central California, is one of the most beautiful natural areas in the continental U.S., and is also a very popular visitor destination. Its scenic wonders include Half Dome, El Capitan, and the magnificent Yosemite Falls. Planning a Yosemite vacation means getting to know the park and learning about the exciting activities available, as well as choosing from among the many fine Yosemite hotels.
Many of the programs offered by the staff at Yosemite National Park are overseen by professionals whose job is to entertain and inform while insuring visitor safety. Activities include rock climbing, mule and horseback rides, rafting and water sports, hiking and camping, and guided bus tours.
DNC Parks and Resorts operates as the concessionaire for most of the lodging and dining options at Yosemite. There is a wide variety of hotels and rustic lodging accommodations in and around the park. Some of the favorite hotels as chosen by park visitors include the Ahwahnee Hotel, built in 1927 and featuring 123 guest rooms and a spectacular combination of interior styles that reflect Art Deco, Native American, and Middle Eastern Cultures. The Tenaya Lodge is located just outside the park boundary, and has condo rentals for those wishing to spend several days or weeks in the vicinity. Other Yosemite hotels include the Yosemite View Lodge, a two-story motor inn near the west entrance to the park, and Curry Village, which features not only a large hotel but also individual cabins and tent grounds.
A Yosemite vacation would not be complete without taking advantage of the gift shopping opportunities in which all forms of memorabilia can be obtained. Gift certificates can be used both at the many shops in the park as well as online at websites maintained by the hotels and other shopkeepers. The park itself is full of specialized gift stores and supply shops that cater to every visitor’s needs.
Yosemite National Park is enjoyed year-round, and advance reservations are absolutely necessary for most of the major hotels and motor inns. It is advised to plan a trip well in advance, as many of the Yosemite hotels are completely booked as far as 6 months prior to arrival.
There is so much to see and do at Yosemite National Park that cannot be listed here; visit one of the many official park websites for complete details. A trip to this fabulous park will fill the visitor with memories that last a lifetime.