Great Places to Visit and Stay in Yosemite


Yosemite Park, located in California, is one of the best national park experiences in the U.S. The beauty to behold is second to none, and the park features such things as The Valley View, Yosemite Falls, and Tuolumne Meadows, to name just a fraction of the sites within the park.

Of course, the best way to see Yosemite National Park is in an RV, whether you own or rent, and to make your trip most enjoyable, here are a few of the best and most practical places to stay when visiting Yosemite Park.

Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

26 miles away from Yosemite on Hwy 140, this old-time mountain resort is filled with modern amenities. The sauna and spa shouldn’t be missed, nestled in a rustic wooden addition off of the deck. For vacations, stopovers, parties, reunions or just to go and relax up in the mountains, staying at the “Bug” and you might never want to leave.

Yosemite Pines Resort

Just 30 minutes from the western side of Yosemite Park, the “Pines” features both back-up and pull-through RV sites. Nearby, the Pine Mountain Country Club offers 18 holes of golf, fishing can be done at Rainbow Falls, with rafting through Yosemite and cave adventures close at hand.

High Sierra

Just minutes away from Yosemite, High Sierra Mobile and RV Park gives you the best of the camping and modern world put together. Nestled in the Sierra Mountains on a river, you’ll find such modern amenities like Wi-Fi, hot showers, on-site laundry and it’s close enough so that you can walk to town. Make this your base when you are visiting Yosemite National Park, and you won’t be sorry.

Indian Flat RV Park

This is the closest campground to Yosemite, and at 8 miles away, it is within hiking distance of the park if you want to get there on foot. Nothing fancy about this park, and there are only 25 RV spaces to rent. But if your main focus is being at the foot of the gorgeous Sierra Mountains with a view second to none, and/or spending most of your time in Yosemite, than this can be a great place to park your RV for a stay when visiting the park.

Must See Highlights

The biggest attraction for tourists is the Yosemite Valley. Impressive waterfalls, high cliffs, unusual rock formations and wide meadows create a unique atmosphere. Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in the US with 800m is here. Another attraction is the Mariposa Grove with its huge sequoia trees. These trees are up to 3000 years old and over 250 feet high. Breathtaking views are offered by Glacier Point. From there you can overlook the Yosemite Valley and parts of the Sierra Nevada.

Wildlife Viewing

For bird and animal watchers there is much wildlife to observe in Yosemite. The many different habitats in Yosemite National Park are home to many large animals. The forests are the habitat of American black bears, mule deer, gray foxes, lynx, mountain lion and many more. There are also 17 species of bats here.In addition to these mammals, there are also reptiles and, above all, many birds. Well over 250 species have already been recorded, including species such as Steller’s Jay, White-headed Woodpeckers, California Spotted Owl, Dark-eyed Junco, Sooty Grouse, Western Tanagers, Warblers, etc. So make sure you do not forget your binoculars and enjoy watching wildlife and birds.

When is the Best Time to Visit Yosemite National Park?

The summer months are the best time to travel to Yosemite National Park. At this time, all roads and passes are open. Especially the summer month from May, June, July, and August are popular with campers and tourists, as the spectacular waterfalls of the park lead the most water here.  But in high summer you have to share the highlights of the Yosemite National Park with many tourists. After all, Yosemite National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the United States.

Worth seeing is the national park but also offseason. When meadows, forests and mountains are covered by a glittering blanket of snow, the park shows a different side. As some campsites are open all year round, an autumn and winter holiday in Yosemite National Park is also easily possible. Unfortunately, not all roads are passable at this time. That also applies to Glacier Point Road.

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