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Hotels Near Yosemite And How Long To Stay.

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Hotels Near Yosemite And How Long To Stay.

Hi,

We are planning to stay for 4 nights near yosemite and travel in each day. The places we would like to visit are Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Mariposa Grove, Wawona, Hetch Hetchy, Tuolumne Medows and Tioga Road. We are hoping to hike in most places on the easy routes.

We are flying into San Francisco and then travelling to Death Valley. Please can you advise if 4 nights are enough. We were thinking of stay at Yostemite Bug as a base, is this a good base or should we find different hotels for each part of Yosemite. We will be hiring a car and will be using the shuttle bus system. We do not mind staying approx 1/2 hr from the park.

We are from the UK so not sure of the best use of our time and would love some help with this.

Thank you

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1. Re: Hotels Near Yosemite And How Long To Stay.

Hi happycamper,

When are you planning to do this? At the moment the Yosemite Valley is closed (I think), at least inaccessible due to a wildfire.

If you have sufficient time to plan and get accommodation in the Yosemite Valley, that would be preferable.

Regardless of the current fire situation, "when" is also important if you want to visit Glacier Point, Tuolumne Meadows and the Tioga Pass Road as they are not accessible all year round.

Finally, where will you come from before Yosemite and where will you go after? That can make a big difference with recommendations for planning activities. For example: if you are coming from Las Vegas and in the summer then you could start with the Tioga Pass Road. If you are leaving to LA or Monterey then you might end with the Mariposa Grove and Wawona.

Cheers.

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2. Re: Hotels Near Yosemite And How Long To Stay.

RE: We do not mind staying approx 1/2 hr from the park.

I understand you don't mind that. Sorry either you stay inside the Yosemite Valley, or if outside, it generally takes more than 1 hour to reach the valley. Maybe except in Foresta, El Portal or Yosemite West. Yosemite Bug is definitely more than 1 hour away from the valley. These communities - Foresta, El Portal and Yosemite West are all affected by the Ferguson Fire at the moment and are not accessible. Their fate for the remainder of this year is unknown until the fire is under control.

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3. Re: Hotels Near Yosemite And How Long To Stay.

Thanks for replying. We are planning coming mid June 2019. We are flying in San Francisco and then going to Death Valley, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Sedona and fly out from Phoenix. We are staying for 14 nights with 4 nights in Yosemite is this going to be enough time to see all the sights?

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4. Re: Hotels Near Yosemite And How Long To Stay.

Thanks for the reply. Can you suggest any accommodation in Yosemite which is reasonable, we are planning a road trip from San Francisco to Phoenix so will be travelling down to death Valley from Yosemite. The trip is for mid June 2019 so hopefully Yosemite may have recovered from fires then.

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5. Re: Hotels Near Yosemite And How Long To Stay.

Thanks for the reply. Can you suggest any accommodation in Yosemite which is reasonable, we are planning a road trip from San Francisco to Phoenix so will be travelling down to death Valley from Yosemite. The trip is for mid June 2019 so hopefully Yosemite may have recovered from fires then.

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6. Re: Hotels Near Yosemite And How Long To Stay.

Hi

Open the full TripAdvisor website. Look at the Top Questions on the right. The first topic is all about lodging and includes a link to a mileage chart.

From the Bug, it's about an hour to Yosemite Valley. That is the closest "attraction" to your chosen lodging. Everywhere else is further.

What is most important? Saving money on lodging? Spending more time in the wonderful place that you'll travel thousands of miles to visit?

As with all real estate, it's about location, location, location. The word "reasonable" for lodging in Yosemite could be $200 per night if it's an excellent location.

>> We will be hiring a car and will be using the shuttle bus system.<<

=> There will be two shuttle routes open next June, but they both just run loops around parts of Yosemite Valley. There is no shuttle to the other distant "attractions" in Yosemite. For example, Mariposa Grove is about an hour drive from the Valley. Tuolumne Meadows & other parts of Tioga Road are 1.5 hours away.

>>We do not mind staying approx 1/2 hr from the park.<<

=> The Bug is further from the Arch Rock entrance. And just because you can get into the Park does not mean you are anywhere near the part you want to visit. Yosemite is 1200 square miles.

>>the best use of our time<<

=> To me, it's a better use of time to stay near the attractions I want to enjoy. But that is a 'value' judgement about the 'best use' of my time. I don't know what you value.

Consider staying in a condo in Yosemite West. You get a kitchen so you can prepare some of your own meals. That may 'save' money and make the cost more 'reasonable.' If you were in Yosemite West, your itinerary might be something like

Day 1: SF to Oakhurst, shop. To South Entrance, visit Mariposa Grove. Maybe stop in Wawona. On to Yosemite West.

Day 2: Glacier Point & Sentinel Dome (full loop w/ Taft Point?) in the morning. Back to Glacier Point for sunset? Down to the Valley for sunset?

Day 3: Yosemite Valley

Day 4: check out, drive down to the Valley then up Tioga Road. Olmsted Point, Tenaya Lake, Tuolumne Meadows. Stay Tuolumne Meadows Tent Cabins if open or outside the Tioga Pass Entrance.

Day 5: Eastern Sierra tourism (see that topic in the Top Questions on the right)

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