Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is without a a doubt, California's most treasured jewel. Yosemite is an outdoor playground with activities including hiking, sightseeing, fishing, swimming, skiing and so much more. If you were to only take one trip to California in your lifetime, Yosemite National Park must be on your list of places to visit. Unfortunately, overcrowding has become an issue in the park. Most Yosemite camping requires reservations and some campgrounds even require 3 tents per campsite in order to maximize space.
Situated in the Sierra Nevada Mountains that run north and south through the middle of California, Yosemite National Park is approximately 210 miles (4.5 hours) east of San Francisco and 310 miles (6 hours) north of Los Angeles. Yosemite Valley is due east of Modesto.
Park entrance is $15 for an individual or motorcycle and $30 per vehicle ($25 in Winter) at the time of this writing in 2015. This includes park entry and 7-days whether you stay in or out of the park. Fees are discounted for senior citizens and waived for the blind or permanently disabled. Fees for Yosemite camping are from $6 to $26 per night for tent and RV camping. Pets are welcome but must remain on leash and are not allowed on trails nor many portions of the park. Kennel boarding is available at the Yosemite Valley Horse Stables near North Pines Campground.
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TIP: The National Park Service offers FEE FREE DAYS to some National Parks on select weekends through the Summer. Use this link to view available dates.
See our Yosemite National Park blog for more details.
See our YOSEMITE CAMPING blog for more details of campgrounds.
See our Yosemite National Park photo album on Flickr.
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