MILES FROM LOS ANGELES
1,169 sqaure miles.
National Park Service
Yosemite National Park is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Most famous for the granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan, visitors can also experience forests of magnificent sequoia trees, Tunnel View and the Bridalveil Falls. You'll also find plenty of shopping, dining and lodging options.
The waters of Merced River and Tenaya Lake are great places for kayaking — especially busy during summer months. Many kayakers on the Merced opt for a day trip experience, stopping to picnic on the way down to Sentinel Point Beach. Tenaya Lake offers a more relaxing experience with calm waters and views of the park. Curry Village Tour and Activities Kiosk offer raft rentals.
Yosemite National Park is home to a total of 13 campgrounds. First-come, first-served campgrounds are available all year; during spring/summer months, reservations are recommended due to high demand. Lower Pines Campground is highly sought after because of the riverside location and views of Half Dome. Camp 4 is the most popular among climbers because of its proximity to El Capitan and other routes.
Hiking in Yosemite is endless. AllTrails has 249 hikes listed online. The iconic Half Dome is a strenuous, day-long hike for most — around 14-16 miles round trip. Upper Yosemite Falls Trail is about half the length of Half Dome and, a great option if you don't have time for a full-day hike.
Yosemite is home to some of the most pivotal moments in climbing history. El Capitan is a climber's paradise and attracts climbers from all over the world. You'll find endless possibilities here, from beginner routes to a multi-day aid climb.
This is your hub for supplies, essentials, food and beverages.
This is the setting for most of Yosemite's food and wine events like the Bracebridge Dinner, Vintners' Holiday and Chef's Holidays. The Dining Room also operates year-round, serving breakfast and dinner.
The kitchen is fast-casual, mainly focused on to-go deli items. The Loft, upstairs is where you can dine in. It offers BBQ and a selection of wine and beer.
Formerly "The Majestic Yosemite Hotel," the Ahwahnee is a National Historic Landmark, known for its stunning interior design and architecture. It was designed specifically to highlight its natural surroundings and offers views of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point.
Especially popular among families and large groups, this hotel is in close proximity to Yosemite Falls. It's on the larger side with 245 rooms, and makes the perfect base camp for park exploration.
The highest waterfall in the park, and especially popular during late spring. The hike takes an average of 6-8 hours.
An overlook that gives a view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Yosemite’s high country. Glacier Point is a great place for stargazing, birdwatching, and is a starting/finishing point for many popular hikes.
During most of the year, this is actually one of the park's less impressive waterfalls despite its 2,030 ft plunge down El Capitan. However, for two weeks in mid to late February, when weather conditions are just right, the sunset shines through the fall, likening it to molten lava. The best viewing is from the El Capitan picnic area.
A guided, two-hour, six-stage zipline course through the Sierra Foothills. Adventure Ranch also offers aerial ropes courses, roping lessons and gold panning.