The Best Inns and Hotels to Book in Yosemite National Park, California

Make your visit extra special at one of the best hotels Yosemite National Park has to offer
Make your visit extra special at one of the best hotels Yosemite National Park has to offer | © Aniket Deole / Unsplash

It’s one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders, and whether you’re traveling with family or indulging in a romantic getaway, the inns and hotels near Yosemite National Park in California offer something for everyone – from historic lodges with nature-inspired design to cozy B&Bs and hip glamping sites. Here’s our pick of the best places to stay in Yosemite National Park, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Tenaya Lodge, for pet-friendly vacations

Lodge, Cabin, Cottages

Exterior of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, with two outdoor pools and an array of seating options
Courtesy of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite / Expedia

Near the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park, this family-friendly resort offers a full range of accommodation options, from comfortable lodge rooms to two-bedroom cottages nestled in the trees. The friendly staff are on hand to organize hikes, mountain biking or winter snowshoeing. If you’re traveling with a four-legged friend, the deluxe pet package includes a gourmet dog biscuit baked by the executive chef, plus a pet-sitting service, freeing you up for a visit to the restaurant or spa.

2. The Ahwahnee, for local crafts

Hotel, Safari Lodge, Luxury

Exterior of The Ahwahnee, adjoining a mountain face in autumn
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This historic upscale hotel on the floor of Yosemite Valley opened in 1927 and is known for its distinctive architecture and design – the interiors reportedly inspired Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror The Shining. There are 97 rooms and suites, each decorated in a rustic style and accented with Native American designs. The gift shop, which shines a light on local artisans, is also worth a visit.

3. Yosemite Riverside Inn, for self-catering families

Lodge, Cabin, Cottages, Safari Lodge

Exterior of Yosemite Riverside Inn, with a grassy garden at the roadside
Courtesy of Yosemite Riverside Inn / Expedia

This charming inn, 15 minutes drive from the entrance to Yosemite National Park, has a range of rooms, spacious suites and two-bed cabins that all work for families. The cabins are rustic charm personified and come with full kitchens, which makes mealtimes a breeze. There’s also plenty to do, whether that’s trout fishing or swimming in the river, hiking, horseback riding, rafting or visiting the three waterfalls just down the road.

4. McCaffrey House, for happy hour guest socials

Bed and Breakfast, Cabin, Cottages

Double bed in a McCaffrey House room with two chairs, a table, and doors to a balcony with treetop views
Courtesy of McCaffrey House / Expedia

If you’re seeking a romantic getaway, check into this enchanting lodge in the High Sierra mountains. The bed and breakfast is run by friendly innkeepers Mike and Stephanie McCaffrey, who have decorated the interior with eclectic souvenirs from their travels. Guests are treated to a full hot breakfast each morning, and the McCaffrey House Happy Hour in the evening, which features wine, cheese and crackers. It’s also a convenient base for visitors to Dodge Ridge ski resort.

5. AutoCamp Yosemite, for glamping near trailheads

Camping, Glamping

Inside a spacious glamping tent at AutoCamp Yosemite, with a double bed, sofa, table, carpet and storage
Courtesy of AutoCamp Yosemite / Expedia

This luxury campsite site near the historic town of Mariposa takes glamping to the next level. There are custom Airstreams with spa-inspired bathrooms; chic modern cabins; and luxe tents with plush interiors, private patios and campfires. The amenities are inspired, with a mid-century modern clubhouse, community fire pits and lounge areas, a freshwater pond and pool, heated outdoor furniture and plenty of spectacular hiking trails. The daily YARTS shuttle takes you straight to Yosemite National Park, and the on-site shop sells a curated collection of gear, food and craft beer.

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