Lodging and Dining in and Around Yosemite

From camping to luxury hotels, family-friendly cafeterias to fine dining, Yosemite offers something for every taste and budget.

There are several good options for lodging outside the park, but because of the size of Yosemite—and the amount of driving in required—we prefer to stay in park lodging. This means planning well ahead of time. Reservations are taken 366 days in advance, and this foresight is absolutely necessary if you plan to visit during summer. (Make reservations by phone at 559-253-5635 or online at www.yosemitepark.com.)

You’ll find a wide range of accommodations, from the very swank to the very humble. We’ve tried them all, and each offers its own advantages. Note that only the Ahwahnee is air conditioned—a summertime luxury that comes at a significant price.


National parks are not known for their cuisine, and you’ll find a handful of cafeterias and grills in Yosemite that serve the typical watery soups, greasy fries and soggy sandwiches. Here, however, are some notable exceptions:

Destinations: Yosemite National Park

Themes: Family Travel, Outdoor Adventures

Activities: Camping, Eat, Sleep

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Curry Village Cabins Another option that's a step up from camping but more rustic than a hotel is Curry Village cabins (tent or wood). We rented a wood cabin last Fall and are doing it again in a couple weeks. The wood cabins are right in Curry Village so close to the cafeteria, other food, and activities. They are decorated nicely, many have bathrooms, all have a little deck, and include housecleaning service. I believe we are paying $138/night. As with most lodging at Yosemite, they book up a year in advance but call for cancellations or check Craig's List for people selling spots.