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Destination Inspiration: Yosemite National Park

Flora and fauna in Yosemite National Park, USA

Flora and fauna in Yosemite National Park, USA

Why go?

There’s no better place to admire the beauty of Mother Earth than at Yosemite National Park. With dramatic cliffs, sprawling sequoia groves and gushing waterfalls, this park is essential whether you’re a Booker who already loves the outdoors or are looking to fall for the very first time. As you enter the glacier-carved valley, the rocky peaks of the Sierras stretch out in all directions, while dark pine forests and grassy meadows soften the landscape. Brace yourself for Half Dome, a colossal granite mountain that looks like it was chopped in half. Whether you’re traveling with the kids or your crew of pro-backpackers, the best way to explore Yosemite is on foot.

The best way to get around Yosemite is on foot

The best way to get around Yosemite is on foot

Take a lakeside stroll with your camera in hand or brave the elements on an overnight trip in the High Sierra. While Yosemite has some of the best rock climbing cliffs in the country, you can also book closer to ground level by renting a bicycle to cruise the 12.5 miles of paved bike paths.
If you’re set on camping under the stars, there are amazing spots for 'glamping,' roughing it and everything in between. And those who want a cozier stay can find B&B’s set deep into the forest, as well as mountain lodges with valley views.

When to go?

River boat trips are available in warm weather

River boat trips are available in warm weather

For overnight backpacking, summer is the best time to book, when all the trails and roads are open and the weather is most consistent. April and May are also popular, with all the waterfalls freshly revived and the fields of wildflowers recently bloomed. For both seasons, book your trip well in advance and get to the park early in the morning to beat the crowds. Those seeking more solitude should visit in October, right when the leaves turn from green to gold – just be prepared for cooler nights and the occasional snow storm. During the winter, the park is transformed by shimmering coats of snow, perfect for visitors looking to go skiing, snow tubing or ice skating.

Where to stay?

Red Tail Ranch – Groveland, CA

Red Tail Ranch, California

Red Tail Ranch, California

This bed-and-breakfast has almost perfect review scores. The hosts Deborah and Kevin have received tons of praise from Bookers who love the beautiful grounds, comfy rooms and delicious homemade breakfasts, featuring fresh eggs from ranch-raised chickens. Just 20 minutes from Yosemite’s gates, it’s the perfect place after a long day of hiking to kick back and soak in the hot tub.

Tin Lizzie Inn – Fish Camp, CA

Tin Lizzie Inn, California

Tin Lizzie Inn, California

Promising luxury in the wilderness, this 4-star B&B is all about the details. Unwind in gorgeous Victorian-style rooms with stunning mountain views, then wake up to a gourmet breakfast served by your gracious hosts. You can even go for a ride in their 1915 Ford Model T, before heading to Yosemite less than 2 miles away.

Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite – Buck Meadows, CA

Rush Creek Lodge, California

Rush Creek Lodge, California

As far as location goes, it doesn’t get much better than this. Situated right next to the park’s west entrance, this lodge perfectly combines the comforts of home with the great outdoors. After a day of hiking, enjoy some craft beers and snacks at the bar, then head outside for a bonfire or the hot tub.

#BeABooker and book your trip today.