Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

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VISIT Yosemite National Park:

Yosemite National Park is located within California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. This park is most famed for its enormous and ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Falls. The two granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome are also major attractions. 

It was John Muir who lobbied for national park designation in 1890 and who introduced its wonders to then president Theodore Roosevelt in 1903.

Places to Stay at Yosemite National Park

There are a number of towns nearby Yosemite that may have lodging options (either Airbnb/VRBO, hotels or resorts).

  • Foresta, CA (13 miles away)
  • El Portal, CA (15 miles)
  • Yosemite West, CA (16 miles)
  • Wawona, CA (27 miles)
  • Fish Camp, CA (35 miles)
  • Groveland, CA (48 miles)

Park Details

Yosemite National Park was established on October 1, 1890, and has a total area of 761,748 acres (1,190 square miles, or 3,084 square kilometers).

Address 9039 Village Drive, Yosemite, CA, 95389
HoursOpen 24 hours per day, 365 days a year
Entrance Fee$35 per vehicle, valid for 7 days
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Yosemite National Park is the 21st most visited park in the country.

The absolute best month to visit Yosemite National Park is September. September sees the least amount of visitors out of all the summer months, the weather is still gorgeous and all the roads and trails are still open (they begin to close in October).

Using Historical Data to Predict

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Yosemite National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Yosemite National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Yosemite National Park are April, May, June & September.

Park Visits116,746111,665173,610297,207393,004496,625717,462703,153584,664448,939230,598149,188
Avg Temp353438455464727064554436
Max Temp474650596775797773675849
Avg Temp201822273543525044352720
Min Temp-2-23101926403827187-2
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Yosemite National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Yosemite National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Visit Yosemite in One Day from San Francisco3801
Lake Tahoe Ski Trip2147
Death Valley, Sequoia, Kings Canyon to Yosemite85810
Yosemite, Kings Canyon to Sequoia National Parks5439

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Yosemite National Park.

Devils Postpile National Monument29 mi
Kings Canyon National Park83 mi
Sequoia National Park102 mi
Manzanar National Historic Site106 mi
Pinnacles National Park123 mi
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site133 mi
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial134 mi
John Muir National Historic Site139 mi
Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park151 mi
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park154 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Yosemite National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Upper River - Yosemite National ParkCA more 1 miles
Lower Pines - Yosemite National ParkYosemite Village, CA more 1 miles
North Pines - Yosemite National ParkYosemite Village, CA more 2 miles
Upper Pines - Yosemite National ParkYosemite Village, CA more 2 miles
Porcupine Flat - Yosemite National ParkCA more 5 miles
Yosemite Creek - Yosemite National ParkCA more 6 miles
Bridalveil Creek - Yosemite National ParkCA more 6 miles
Tamarack Flat - Yosemite National ParkCA more 8 miles
White Wolf - Yosemite National ParkLee Vining, CA more 9 miles
Crane Flat - Yosemite National ParkCrane Flat, CA more 11 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Yosemite National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
June MountainJune Lake, CA10,090 ft66%28 mi
Mammoth MountainMammoth Lakes, CA11,053 ft68%32 mi
Dodge RidgePinecrest, CA8,200 ft52%36 mi
Big Bear MountainBig Bear Lake, CA8,805 ft56%52 mi
KirkwoodKirkwood, CA9,800 ft56%70 mi
Sierra-at-TahoeSouth Lake Tahoe, CA8,852 ft51%78 mi
HeavenlySouth Lake Tahoe, CA10,067 ft71%84 mi
HomewoodHomewood, CA7,800 ft51%97 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Yosemite National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Yosemite National Park.

Reno–Tahoe International AirportRNOReno, NV121 mi
Sacramento International AirportSMFSacramento, CA126 mi
Norman Y. Mineta San José International AirportSJCSan Jose, CA130 mi
Oakland International AirportOAKOakland, CA143 mi
San Francisco International AirportSFOSan Francisco, CA152 mi
Los Angeles International AirportLAXLos Angeles, CA271 mi
Harry Reid International AirportLASLas Vegas, NV271 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Yosemite National Park.

Fresno Yosemite International AirportFATFresno, CA67 mi
Sacramento Mather AirportMHRSacramento, CA108 mi
Monterey Peninsula AirportMRYMonterey, CA147 mi
Meadows FieldBFLBakersfield, CA162 mi
Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County AirportSTSSanta Rosa, CA182 mi
San Luis County Regional AirportSBPSan Luis Obispo, CA183 mi
Santa Maria Public Airport Captain G Allan Hancock FieldSMXSanta Maria, CA202 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.

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Chris Cagle

I love traveling the United States. I hunt down fantastic places to visit in the summer and great slopes to ski down in the winter. The first national park I ever visited was the Smokies, but since then, I've been to dozens. However, my favorite by far has been Zion.