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3 day trip with young children - mid August?

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Hi, I would like some recommendations on lodging. With young kids < 3 yo, where should we stay? Budget less than $500/night.

I’d like to avoid staying outside of the park if possible, but is fine if driving less than 30mins. I just don’t know how hard it would be to get daily passes.

Is it even possible to plan a trip like this?

Thank you.

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Stay wherever you can get reservations for in the park, in the valley. If nothing is available then plan for the future. Reservations open a year in advance so you really need to be planning much earlier.

Cancellations are free so people change reservations frequently so you can get lucky by repeatedly trying.

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Try checking for cancellations for the Lodges inside the park. Yosemite Valley Lodge, Curry Vilage, etc

TravelYosemite.com

You can also look at vacation rentals inside the park- Wawona, Yosemite West, Foresta.

Mid-week or weekend? Weekends are a lot busier.

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It's late. Check Yosemite West, Foresta, Wawona. They are inside park gate so no need for day passes. Scenic Wonders manages a lot of them but bad cancellation policies. There are someon Airbnb with better cancellation policies. Yosemite Falls Lodge if a motel is ok you find opening. Otherwise also look at Yosemite View Lodge at El Portal which is 5 mins from the Arch Rock entrance and 25 mins from the Valley. They have suited with kitchenettes. Would need a day pass

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Check out Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp if you can’t get a room in the park. 😎

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I wouldn't stay at Tenaya Lodge with young kids under 3y. It's over an hour to the valley on twisty road. I have a motion sick prone child like me. I would go with more basic lodging at El Portal.

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Hi

The lodging topic in the Top Questions on the right has relevant information. Also read the other topics.

I think it depends on what type of experience you want. You can stay in Wawona and maybe visit the Valley one day, but that's about a 50 minute drive. Maybe swim or wade in the river, if you want that type of mountain experience.

Foresta is about 25-30 minutes to the Valley, but not much around the cabins. If you want to hang out & do things near the cabin, then Wawona is probably "better."

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If you stay outside the Park gates, then you need to get one Day Use Permit that is valid for 3 days. I think it may be challenging to get one.

Los Alamitos...
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Thank you for all responses.

We’ve decided to play it by ear. I’ll keep checking for last minute availability through out the summer, from May- august, most likely for weekday trip. Hopefully I’ll find a decent cabin (looking at Yosemite Valley Lodge).

Next question is could you recommend some activities for a couple with young kids?

Thank you.

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Hi again

Top Questions topics:

* Trip Reports: What have other travelers done in Yosemite?

* Itinerary Ideas: Former TripLists

* What can I do in Yosemite Valley?

* What can I do along Glacier Point Road?

** What are good activities for families with children?

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Also ... Park newspaper: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/guide.htm

No cabins at the Yosemite Valley Lodge. Those are two story buildings and the rooms are motel-like. The location is excellent.

Los Alamitos...
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Thank you for the tip. I am using TA app, and can’t find the top questions topic.

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Top Questions is a feature full of topics. You need to use the full TA website (ye, even on a phone.) Some folks say

"the app is cr___"

I just say it's limited.

You should be able to open the link to the Park newspapers.

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