Coolest Places to Stay Near Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains have long been popular with artists, climbers, hikers and explorers. Ansel Adams snapped his famous photos here and John Muir loved exploring the peaks and valleys. Planning a visit to this beautiful part of California? There are some amazing lodgings near Yosemite National Park. Some of them are listed on Airbnb, others are condos, hotels and resorts. Be sure to sign up through this link for Airbnb to save up to $35 off your first trip.

Best Places to Stay Near Yosemite National Park

The Redwoods in Yosemite

The Redwoods in Yosemite rent several cabins in the Wawona area ranging from cute and cozy sleeping two people, to large rambling cabins for up to 25 guests. You can find these cabins on Airbnb, and be sure to sign up through this link for Airbnb to save $35 off your first trip.

Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite

You’ll find rustic cozy rooms and cabins at this lodge tucked away in Mather, close to Yosemite National Park. Come back from exploring the park to amazing, fresh meals in the restaurant and craft beers and cocktails at the bar. There’s also a pool and hot tub, ping pong, a cinema, and plenty to keep you entertained. Book the Evergreen Lodge here. And for a limited time,  if you register at using this link and then reserve using the link above you can get $20 cash back! It’s a special offer from

View of Half Dome

Enjoy amazing views of Half Dome and El Capitan from the deck of your house inside Yosemite National Park. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms for the whole family or your group of friends. The house is only a few minutes drive from the valley. Book the View of Half Dome Home here.

Foxes Lair

Stay in this comfy condo with all the amenities of home just outside the border of Yosemite National Park. A great option if you’d like to prepare meals in the comfort of home after hiking all day or if the weather is not suitable for camping. Sign up through this link for Airbnb to save $35 off your first trip.

Sierra Sky Ranch

A rustic, woodsy resort in lovely surroundings, the Sierra Sky Ranch is about an hour from Yosemite Village. There’s also a swimming pool and restaurant onsite that serves delicious breakfasts. Reserve your room at the Sierra Sky Ranch here. And for a limited time,  if you register at using this link and then reserve using the link above you can get $20 cash back! It’s a special offer from

Clouds Rest Cabin

This modern cabin has beautiful views of El Capitan and Half Dome and a cozy interior with lots of wood. Visit the park or go fly fishing in the Merced or Tuolumne Rivers. The cabin is perfect for a romantic getaway with one bedroom and a soaking tub for two. Book the cozy Clouds Rest Cabin here.

Château du Sureau

If rustic is not your thing, take a look at fabulous Château du Sureau, a charming European villa set in the heart of the Sierra Nevada. Antique furnishings, fine linens, chandeliers, English gardens, a swimming pool and fine dining greet you after a day exploring the National Park. Book your stay at Château du Sureau here. And for a limited time,  if you register at using this link and then reserve using the link above you can get $20 cash back! 

Ahwahnee Hotel

This famous hotel located within Yosemite National Park is definitely the coveted spot to stay. Built in 1927, the hotel sits in the valley near the base of Half Dome. The historic building was designed in the “parkitecture” rustic style by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood (who also designed the Zion Lodge, Bryce Canyon Lodge, Old Faithful Lodge, and Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge. For more about this architecture style click here!) Reserve your hotel room, suite or cottage as far in advance as possible.

Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

A sprawling property that includes rooms, tents, hostel beds, and cabins as well as a restaurant, spa and entertainment for all ages, this resort is about an hour from Yosemite Valley. Guests enjoy the tasty food in the restaurant with lots of options for vegetarians and vegans too. Book your stay at Yosemite Bug here. And for a limited time,  if you register at using this link and then reserve using the link above you can get $20 cash back! 

Loft Condo

Get away from the hustle and bustle at this lovely loft condo that is close to the sights of the park. The open space layout makes it perfect for a couple or a family with one or two small kids. Reserve the Loft Condo here.

Red Door Hideaway

This lovely apartment is located just a few miles from Yosemite’s most famous sights. Return home in the evening to a nice glass of wine on the deck and maybe even do some grilling after all that hiking. Get discounts for Airbnb by using this link if you are not already a member.

Hotel Charlotte

Stay at this historic inn located less than an hour from Yosemite Valley. Built in 1921, it’s on the National Register of Historic Places. The town is a former gold rush mining town with a lot of history. The Iron Door Saloon across the road claims to be the oldest continuously operating saloon in California. Book your stay at Hotel Charlotte here. If you register at using this link and then reserve using the link above you can get $20 cash back! It’s a limited time offer from

Yosemite Pines

Would you like to stay in a classic trailer like an Airstream or Avion? Check out Yosemite Pines RV Park. While they have a campground for RVs they also have a selection of classic and vintage trailers you can rent as well. Or check out their cabins and yurts. If none of these appeal to you, why not rent your own camper van or RV and find a cozy spot? Check out Outdoorsy for peer-to-peer rentals of RV, vans and trailers. And read on for information about campgrounds in and around Yosemite. For more hotel options and to compare prices, check Hotels Combined:
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 Yosemite National Park Campgrounds

There are  13 campgrounds within the National Park, but be forewarned, they fill up in advance, especially those in the valley area. During the high season you can reserve spots online at 7 of the 13 campgrounds. Some of the campgrounds even require reservations, but others are first come first served. Bear in mind that these usually fill up by noon or earlier. If campgrounds within the park are full, check out Hipcamp for other options outside the park. In addition to campgrounds, Yosemite also has backcountry camping. You’ll need a wilderness permit. There are also tents and cabins available for people who don’t want to bring their own shelter, and backcountry cabins too! Check out Half Dome Village (previously Camp Curry), Housekeeping Camp and High Sierra Camps for more information. Since Yosemite campgrounds are typically crowded and full in the high season, check the surrounding area for other options. As mentioned above, check Hipcamp for options like Sanctuary of the Oaks. Get $20 credit for Hipcamp by signing up with this link. In the area surrounding Yosemite, Inyo National Forest, Stanislaus National Forest and Toiyabe National Forest also offer campsites. Reviews and photos of the campsites can be found on the awesome website Campendium. If you’d prefer not to stay in a tent, why not look into renting an RV or camper van from one of these companies? Also check out our 7 tips for car camping!

Things To Do Near Yosemite

  • Of course the #1 thing to do in the area is hike and explore in Yosemite National Park! If you will visit more than one National Park in year get the America the Beautiful pass which gives you free access to the parks. You can purchase the pass here.
  • Visit some of the Gold Rush towns along Route 49 including Columbia State Park, Jamestown, Bodie and Sonora
  • Go wine tasting in the town of Murphys and in the Shenandoah Valley
  • Visit Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park just south of Yosemite for a tour of several parks. Get an America the Beautiful pass to save money on the park entrance fees which were just increased by the Trump administration.
  • Visit eerie Mono Lake and paddle around it in your kayak or SUP
  • Visit beautiful Lake Tahoe to the north
  • Combine a trip to Yosemite with a trip to San Francisco. Don’t have a car, no worries! You can get transportation to Yosemite from San Francisco here.


Planning a longer road trip? Check out our guide to exploring Central California! Enjoy your visit to amazing Yosemite National Park! If you love parks, hiking and camping, check out these posts: Looking for great backpack to take on your travels? Check these out.
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