Pack your sunscreen and sunglasses, and don't forget the bug spray, poncho, and water bottle - you'll need all this and more when you visit glorious Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County
. Come for a visit and leave transformed by this diverse and stunning natural wonder comprised of glacier-carved valleys and granite mountains, spectacular waterfalls, and peaceful meadows.
Where is Yosemite National Park?
Yosemite National Park is located in Mariposa County, known as Gold Country, in the heart of California - 163 miles from San Francisco, 281 miles from Los Angeles, and 340 miles from Las Vegas. Covering nearly 1,200 miles of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and with four major entrances, Yosemite's geographic reach is as grand as its breathtaking, natural beauty. If you stay in one of our inviting vacation homes, you'll have that home-away-from-home feeling and all the privacy you need.
Main Attractions in Yosemite
While Yosemite is overflowing with endless possibilities to fill your days during your stay, there are certainly some must-sees. In the valley, be sure to catch Yosemite Falls and visit the museum to learn about the natural history and the iconic explorer, John Muir, who was responsible for Yosemite being established as a National Park.
From here, you can either hike or drive up to Glacier Point for an awe-inspiring view. Glimpse the unique formations of El Capitan, Half Dome, and Sentinel Dome, with daring climbers dotting the rock faces. A short drive from the valley will bring you to Tuolumne Grove, where you will feel dwarfed by the magnificent Giant Sequoias, some of which can live for over 3,000 years!
If you stay at a vacation home in beautiful Groveland
on the west side of Yosemite, you'll be close enough to come for a day and fit in a bunch of the main attractions, but we can't promise you won't want to stay for longer!
Summer/Fall Activities in Yosemite
Summer is one of the most remarkable times to experience much of what Yosemite has to offer. Stock a daypack with all the essentials, and begin to explore more than 800 miles of hiking trails on foot, horseback, or mule. Take a dip in the natural waters of Lake Don Pedro or Lake McClure. If you're looking for more boisterous water fun, go water skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing, or take a raft trip down the Merced River.
Soak up the sun as you climb your way up the rock walls of the Valley or Merced River Canyon, or try a climb at Tuolumne Meadows, where the temperatures are cooler and the crowds are fewer. You can also work on your golf game at Yosemite’s Wawona Golf Course.
Considering that summer in Yosemite is the most densely traveled season of the year, having your own vacation rental in Mammoth Lakes
to return to at the end of your action-packed days will be a welcome thing, indeed.
You might decide to visit in the fall and avoid the crowds completely, though. Fall is the least populated season at Yosemite, with most areas and activities still open and operating, so take your time exploring and enjoy a slower, more serene pace.
Take a hike amidst deciduous trees to see explosions of color - yellows, oranges, and reds - mixed with giant evergreen