Yosemite National Park encompasses approximately 1,167 square miles and spans four counties in the east-central region of California. The park has diverse terrain that includes glacial lakes, clear streams, and valleys to granite cliffs and mountains. Local flora includes flower-covered meadows and sequoia forests. Millions visit the park each year to take in the spectacular views and catch a glimpse of the native wildlife.
Individuals, couples, families, and groups of friends have a wide variety of accommodation options that are scattered throughout the park. There are more than one dozen bed and breakfasts in and around the park. Hotels and motels are also in abundance. Some might prefer staying in a rustic lodge or a quaint rental cabin. For anyone who prefers economical RV or tent camping, Yosemite has two dozen different camping locations. Certain locations offer no amenities while others have a picnic table, fire ring, and flushing toilets. Camping within proximity to Curry Village provides guests with a general store, a bar, restaurants, and an amphitheater.
Forest rangers and various companies offer Yosemite Park tours on foot, by car, by bus or by plane. Yosemite Conservancy naturalists know the park inside and out. They provide an insider’s look at different aspects of the park via easy walks, backpacking hikes, day hikes, and bird-watching tours. Take a photography workshop.
The Yosemite Museum provides an exciting look at Native American culture via the many handmade crafts displayed in the facility. In Wawona, guests have the chance to step back in time and take a stagecoach ride to the Pioneer Yosemite History Center that features a recreated pioneer village operated by costumed volunteers. The Mariposa Museum & History Center enables guests to gaze in awe at the rare 13.8-pound Fricot gold nugget. Nearby, the California State Mining & Mineral Museum welcomes guests.
Things to do in the park are many year-round. Go horseback riding. Try your hand at panning for gold. Adrenaline junkies enjoy rock climbing and sailing along the zip lines. Embark on a gentle rafting journey or indulge in a whitewater adventure. The streams and lakes beckon anglers to do some fly-fishing in hopes of catching brown or rainbow trout. Shopping opportunities are found at the Half Dome Village, the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, Yosemite Village and in the community of Mariposa.