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What are the good options for hotels outside of the parK

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We are planning on visiting Yosemite park in mid June but all the hotels inside of the park have been booked. For the hotels outside of the park, which side (east or west) is better for getting into the park daily? If the hotels are on the east side, google map directs us all the way around the park to get to west side entrance which is a long way. Is there a route from the east side through the park?

Can someone recommend hotels outside that are nice and also have convenient locations to get in and out everyday?

Thanks!

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Do you have a Yosemite Day Use reservation? (There aren’t any left for mid-June.)

https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/10086745

If you don’t, Start looking for vacation rentals inside the park boundaries- Yosemite West or Wawona. (There some in Foresta too, but not many.)

Edited: May 18, 2021, 7:53 am
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Currently, you can only access Yosemite from the west side because the eastern entrance (Tioga Pass) is closed. That will change soon, but even when open, the route from the east side usually means a longer drive. Many folks stay in Mariposa, Oakhurst, etc.

Do note that you will need a Day Use Entry permit to enter Yosemite if you're not staying inside the park. Those permits are good for 3 days.

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If the hotels are on the east side, google map directs us all the way around the park to get to west side entrance which is a long way. Is there a route from the east side through the park?

That's because entrance from the east, Tioga Rd, is currently not open due to snow. There is currently no indication when that will be open. If you don't have a day use permit, you need to find inside the park lodging.

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El Portal is closest and on the 140 entrance. Evergreen Lodge and Rush Creek are really nice and on the 120 entrance. Tenaya Lodge is in Fish Camp on the 41 entrance and close to the Mariposa Grove.

Imo those are the nicest properties outside the Park but there are others that are more middle ground and less expensive.

Those too book up quickly but you should be able to find something.

Edited: May 18, 2021, 8:18 am
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Oops o meant to say Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal. There are a other properties nearby but we stayed there once for a night before starting in Curry Village and I loved the patio next to the Merced River with plenty of hot tubs.

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I also think that a private property rental inside the Park gates would be a good option. See the Top Questions on the right side of this page, Full TripAdvisor Website.

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On the 120 route - stay in Groveland. Rush Creek Lodge or Evergreen Lodge are both nice.

on the 140 route (Bass Lske - Wawona Route). Best western with the Yosemite murals on the walls are nice.

IF primarily interested in Toulumne Meadows, You could also consider staying in June Lake Loop (Gull lake Lodge, Double Eagle) or in Mammoth lakes area (lots of places to stay).

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Bass Lake and Wawona are on the 41 route.

If you are more comfortable with less of an elevation gain and an overall easier drive look at the 140 entrance.

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Note that you need to be a lucky person if you're staying outside the Park or you need to figure something else out. The advance Day Use Permits are sold out. Some will be available in the days leading up to a visit, but not many. The fee YARTS bus may be an option.

That's why some of us are suggesting staying inside the Park gates.

https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm

https://yarts.com/

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Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp is very nice for a place outside the park. 😎

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