Coming to visit Yosemite for the first time from the East Coast. Arriving at our lodging outside Yosemite around 4:00 pm on Wednesday, May 19 and checking out Sunday, May 23.
I don't have an annual park pass (yet) and I know that for entry starting on the 21st must have a Day Pass but I'm confused about the best way to handle this as our first day entering the park will likely be 5/20. Would I have to pay $35 for a pass on the 20th when I enter the park but also pay another $35 to reserve the 3-day Day Pass for the rest of my time?
Or could I buy an Annual National Parks Pass for $80 and just pay $2 to reserve the 3 day pass? Even though that's a little extra, at least I'd have the annual pass.
Or should we just use the YARTS bus system? There's 2 of us and I'll have a rental car and my preference is probably to drive but as I said this is my first visit.
Any advice is greatly appreciated!!!