Beyond the great cities of LA and San Francisco, there's a wonderful world to be discovered, with a staggering variety of landscapes.
A hire car is the best way to get around and many of the excursions are spread out. Inside the park, the best way to get around is on foot or by bike. Please Note: There is a charge (payable locally) for entrance into this national park.
America’s got a lot to be proud of. Its magnificent cities, its warm and friendly people, and its amazing burgers. It’s also got some of the most incredible scenery in the world, and right at the top of that list (fighting for first place with the likes of the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore) is Yosemite National Park. Getaways to this incredible natural wonder aren’t just for ‘outdoorsy’ types – with a great choice of hotels, attractions, and things to do, Yosemite National Park holidays really do appeal to everyone.
Let’s get one thing cleared up before we go for a jaunt around this amazing spot – yes, you’ve heard it right, the entire park does sit slap-bang in the middle of a ma-hoossive volcano caldera. But fortunately, there’s no chance of it going pop any time soon. Instead, check out some of the active hot-spots for some amazing photos. Holidays to Yosemite put you back in touch with the great outdoors, so let’s have a whistle-stop tour of the best bits.
Yosemite National Park is vast. And we do mean vast! The best way to see all the good bits is to break it down into sections:
You won’t find any beach views here, but who needs that when you’ve got towering mountains, thundering waterfalls, and pristine wilderness as your neighbour? Wake up in the morning, wander out onto the balcony and watch American Bald Eagles soaring through the sky, or watch a local bear wander past. With our top picks of Yosemite hotels, you’ll find gorgeous rooms, and that famous American customer service that guarantees you’ll ‘have a nice day’, every day.
The big winner in Yosemite is the scenery – there’s so much of it and it’s all amazing. The only question is, what’s the best way to see it?
American food is famous for big, BIG portions, washed down by ‘free refills’ of coffee that’ll have you wired for the entire day. However, don’t just expect pancakes for breakfast and a non-stop diet of burgers and fries – there’s so much more to American cuisine.
The restaurants you’ll encounter on your holidays to Yosemite will include traditional American diners, but you can also find some that specialise in fusion cuisine too.
Yosemite holiday packages are available all year round, and will be very different depending on what time of the year you travel. If you’re into winter sports then November to March is the best time to visit. Fancy some serious hiking? Hit the park in summer, when the trails are dry, clear of snow, and smothered in wild flowers.
Yosemite National Park holidays are a once-in-a-lifetime trip for most of us. But this place is so, so beautiful, we’re guessing you’ll be back again and again. Find out more by having a look at our great choice of Yosemite hotels, and start packing for a real adventure in the wild!