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Honeymoon in February?

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We are coming in February after the bulk of our honeymoon in Carmel. We will have a rental car.

We were looking for somewhere special to stay and Tenaya Lodge was my initial pick but upon further research realize this may not be ideal in the winter. Are there any similar resort type accomodations in Yosemite Valley? Thank you.

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Hi

The Top questions on the right has information about lodgings both inside Yosemite and outside Yosemite.

The winter options in Yosemite Valley are the historic Ahwahnee Hotel and the more motel-like Yosemite Valley Lodge. No resorts. No fancy amenities.

If you choose to stay in Fish Camp at the Tenaya Lodge outside the South Entrance, definitely be prepared to drive in snowy conditions. This route goes over 6,000' before heading down to the Valley at 4,000'. The drive is about an hour.

If you choose to stay at the newer Rush Creek Lodge outside the Big Oak Flat Entrance, plan for a different possibly snowy drive over 6,000' feet in elevation but "only" 45 minutes to the Valley if the conditions are good.

Top Questions are visible on the full TripAdvisor website, not the app. Also read about planning a winter visit, what to do in the Valley in winter, winter driving, maps, winter trip reports, and other relevant topics.

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Snow is a high possibility in the valley in February. I strongly recommend lodging in the valley and not commuting.

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I would forget the idea of a resort for this part of the trip. Just stay in the Valley. Either Ahwahnee, Lodge, or Curry Village hard sided cabin with private baths. You don't want to waste your time driving in from Rush Creek every day. Their drive time on the website is deceptive. Might be 20 mins to park boundaries but it's almost an hour to the Valley.

Also you will need an AWD/4WD car and likely chains so may have to change rental car from Carmel. It's feasible because I just rented one at SJC recently.

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Thank you all. I expected to be told this but just wanted to be sure. Will look into our options in the valley.

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If we get a good winter this coming year, Yosemite Valley should be magical in February! When you can walk around the Valley, or take such hikes that you can when there is snow or ice, and look at the frosted tops of Half Dome and other mountains, it’s a stupendous sight. But as others said, Sierra Nevada winter weather is tricky. It isn’t like urban winter weather. Yosemite has mountains, twisty roads, and wildlife out and about; and we do not salt or sand our roads, but observe chain controls instead.

Even in the best of weather, Tenaya Lodge is not ideal for access to Yosemite Valley. It’s a great base for Mariposa Grove, the Wawona area and the nearby historic Pioneer Village, or a quickie run to the supermarket in Oakhurst (😁); otherwise, it is pretty remote, and maybe not feasible at all if we have a real winter.

Everyone wants an early, prolific, and prolonged winter starting this coming November and lasting 5-6 months, because our snowpack and reservoirs need it. But that wouldn’t be the best thing for you, especially if you are first-time Yosemite visitors. Is Yosemite your final choice, or are you open to other California locations? Carmel and the Monterey area will be nice, and you’ll enjoy a different kind of coast and ocean experience from what you’re familiar with. Are you open to other parts of California entirely, where fickle weather won’t be a huge issue, and putting Yosemite in reserve for a holiday or anniversary trip at some other season? If so, Death Valley would be perfect, with rain tailing off, temps starting to nudge the 70s, and a perhaps few wildflowers poking their heads up. Not trying to change your mind, but there’s nothing quite like a winter or early spring trip to the desert.

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If your honeymoon is mid- late February you may see the firefall from Horsetail Fall

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Thank you! We were between Yosemite and Death Valley but with Death Valley being accessible from Vegas we figured we'd have another opportunity to get there. We are not afraid of the snow and have done plenty of east coast hikes in the snow (I realize they are much smaller here!) and oddly enough drove to the Grand Canyon in the middle of a blizzard through switchbacks from Sedona (the ranger told us not to come because we wouldn't see anything. He was right!)... but we certainly don't ever want to plan to drive through snow if it can be avoided, so I think Tenaya is definitely a no. Should we expect the drive to Yosemite to be challenging or moreso just driving around through there? Once there we are hoping to just utilize the buses.

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We hope the shuttles will be open next February. They haven't been since last March. Driving to Yosemite in February is 2 lane country roads with some curves. Not sure if that's the same as in NJ. Maybe some roads to Upstate NY or Western PA.

We have been in blizzard conditions at Grand Canyon too around Christmas driving there from Sedona. Similar conditions as Yosemite in part.

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