Holiday Accommodations at Yosemite National Park
There are many places to stay at Yosemite National Park, and the first thing that you need to decide is whether you want to have your lodging inside the park itself, or you would prefer staying outside the park in its surrounding community. It is good to know that the company that handles the housing reservations in the park, takes reservations months in advance, so if you want to go to Yosemite for your summer trip just a few weeks before, then you might have limited options to accommodations inside the park. Reserving months in advance will assure you that you will have accommodations inside the park. A year in advance is not too early to make reservations for the summer holiday period.
Accommodations inside the Yosemite national Park include 4-star hotels, the Ahwahnee hotel and campsites in the backcountry. If you will go hiking and would enjoy sleeping in a sleeping bag in the backcountry, then you need to get a wilderness permit from a ranger station. If you have other arrangements to make in the park, then you should go to the company that handles the housing reservations to make them. In the Yosemite Valley, aside from the Ahwahnee hotel, you can also stay in the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. If you want to stay in tents or cabins, you can go to Camp Curry. Other campsites include Housekeeping Camp which is along the Merced River and other campsites nearby.
Outside the Yosemite valley but still inside the park, in Tuolomne Meadows, you can find the Wawona Hotel, Tuolomne Meadows Lodge, and the White Wolf Lodge. You can also stay in the high-country campsites. Privately owned rentals inside the park can be found in Wawona.
Other lodgings are outside the Yosemite National Park; you can find many just near the gates. The Arch Rock/El Portal Entrance, the Big Oak Flat Entrance on the west, the South Entrance, and the Tioga Pass Entrance on the east, are the four main gates of Yosemite National Park. There are many accommodations that you can find along these entrance routes.
You have plenty of options outside the park. Going inside the park to watch the attractions will take long drives if you lodge outside the park.
If you are staying outside the park, then you will have to call the lodging places individually for reservations. There is no central place to call and these lodgings outside the park are not part of any hotel chains. If you are a member of any organization, make sure to ask if they give discounts as some lodgings do.