Hotel & Motel Lodging at Yosemite National Park

by Johnny Kampis
Several trails traverse Yosemite Valley.

Several trails traverse Yosemite Valley.

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Yosemite National Park's landscape contains a breathtaking selection of natural wonders, from fog-shrouded mountains to enormous sequoias. The large California park offers plenty of lodging options in a variety of price ranges for visitors who do not wish to rough it in the campgrounds. Hotels and lodges are spread across Yosemite.

The Ahwahnee

The most distinctive -- and expensive -- lodging choice in the park, The Ahwahnee has received the four diamond award from AAA. This hotel uses plenty of glass and stone to mirror its surroundings, which include Glacier Point and Half Dome. This hotel has hosted kings and presidents, who have enjoyed The Ahwahnee's grand dining room and balconies with view of Yosemite Falls. Due to limited parking, most visitors have to use the day use parking lot in nearby Yosemite Village, but a free shuttle between the two locations is available. The hotel offers complimentary valet parking.

Yosemite Lodge at the Falls

If you want an up-close look at Yosemite Falls, which flows out of the mountains into Yosemite Valley, this is your best vantage point. This property received a redesign in 1998 that, like The Ahwahnee, helped it blend more into its natural surroundings. If you want to explore the valley, stop in at the tour and activity desk, where you can gather information about area attractions and rent bicycles. Diners can sit down for a meal in the Mountain Room or grab a quick bite at the food court.

Wawona Hotel

This classic option near the south entrance harkens back to an earlier era as the rooms contain no televisions or telephones. This hotel on the National Historic Landmark list sits beside streams and meadows and away from the traffic of Yosemite Valley, making it one of the more tranquil choices in the park. Enjoy a round of golf here or visit the stables for a horse ride. Visit the nearby Mariposa Grove of sequoias or tour the Pioneer Museum. Visitors receive complimentary passes to the breakfast buffet each morning.

Curry Village

Pick from motel rooms, cabins or canvas tents at this lodging option near Half Dome and Glacier Point. If you need to stock up on supplies, visit the on-site outdoor shop and grocery store. This camp that advertised "a good bed and clean napkin" upon its opening in 1899 is often called Camp Curry today. The $2 rates from the 19th century are long gone, but Curry Village still offers some of the lowest lodging rates in Yosemite.

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