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National Park Trips

Yosemite Trip Planner

Free Yosemite Trip Planner

Download our free stunning Yosemite Trip Planner filled with an inspiring itinerary, gorgeous photographs, a park map and everything you need to plan your dream California vacation. Order this insider’s guide to Yosemite National Park today to get tips on how to get there, what to do and where to stay.

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Yosemite National Park Loop

Explore gateways surrounding the park.

  • Yosemite/Mariposa County - Experience four seasons of adventure in Yosemite and Mariposa County.
  • Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite - A Frommer’s Guide ‘Favorite’ and ‘Highly Recommended’ by Fodor’s, this historic resort has spacious cabins in the woods, dining, a classic tavern, a pool/hot tub and guided recreation.
  • Visit Yosemite | Madera County - Experience California’s Gateway to Yosemite and discover the Fossils to Falls Trail.
  • Tuolumne County, Yosemite Gold Country - Your north entrance to Yosemite National Park. Explore historic towns, wineries, fun dining, great lodging, excellent entertainment and exceptional scenery.
  • Tenaya at Yosemite - Your Yosemite experience elevated. After a day filled with Yosemite adventure, relax in the comforts of newly-renovated guest rooms and a world-class Spa.
  • Yosemite Hospitality - Authentic and memorable experiences in Yosemite including lodging, food and beverage service, guided bus and tram tours, events and programs, Wawona Stables, Yosemite Mountaineering School, Badger Pass Ski Area and Curry Village Ice Skating Rink.
  • Bishop - Discover extraordinary beauty and the great outdoors east of Yosemite in Bishop, Calif. where the crowds are non-existent, trout-fishing and bouldering are world-class and locals are happy to see you.
  • Calaveras County - Giant sequoias, huge caves and historic towns await in this beautiful corner of California, north of Yosemite.
  • Amtrak San Joaquins - Hop aboard the train from Los Angeles, San Francisco or Sacramento (and Fresno seasonally) for the safest way to travel to Yosemite and an exciting adventure with views of California’s breathtaking landscapes.
  • Fresno/Clovis - See Kings Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite in one trip when you stay in Fresno or Clovis. You’ll find farm-to-fork dining, breweries, arts and outdoor adventures close by and be within 90 minutes of three national parks.
  • Sequoia Tourism - Eleven friendly communities next to Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks are within one of the largest agricultural regions in California. Enjoy the bounty at farmers markets or local restaurants that serve fresh-from-the-farm fare.

California's Central Valley

Discover artisan stops in the cowboy capital and Yosemite's sister parks, Sequoia and Kings Canyon.

  • Oakdale, California - Rustic Oakdale is the Cowboy Capital of the World, chock-full of farmland, fresh and artisan foods, hiking rails, and handmade crafts. And of course, cowboy hats and rodeo.
  • Stockton, California - Stockton is where rivers and culture come together! See classic paintings at the Haggin Museum including Albert Bierstadt's landscapes of Yosemite.
  • Modesto, California - Explore this fun town where filmmaker George Lucas was born and where the E.&J. Gallo Winery, the largest family winery in the United States, is based.
  • Visit Bakersfield - Perfect weekend trip or a week-long stay. Visit the historic Woolworth's Lunch Counter, watch wildlife at Wind Wolves Preserve, listen to music at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace or take a walking tour of public art downtown.
  • Delaware North Sequoia - Stay in Sequoia National Park at Wuksachi Lodge, John Muir Lodge, Grant Grove Cabins, Cedar Grove Lodge or Bearpaw High Sierra Camp Tent Cabins.
  • Explore Elk Grove - In the heart of California, Elk Grove is nestled between wine country and the waterways of the California Delta where people are never too busy for the finer things in life.

San Francisco Bay Area

Start your road trip to Yosemite in the Bay City.

  • San Francisco's Tri-Valley - Located 30 miles east of Fisherman’s Wharf, SF’s Tri-Valley enjoys an average of 264 days of sunshine a year, making it “the sunny side of the Bay.”
  • Alcatraz Cruises - Your exclusive source for tours on Alcatraz Island, the national park site that was once home to the infamous prison nicknamed “the Rock” that held inmates like Al “Scarface” Capone.

Coastal California Road Trip

Enjoy ocean views plus food and wine on the way to Yosemite.

  • Explore Lompoc - Grapevines stretch across farms in this area historically known for its Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Visit Art Alley or the La Purisima Mission State Historic Park.
  • Ventura County Coast - After exploring Channel Islands National Park, enjoy the beaches, trails, whale watching, and historic sites in Oxnard, Camarillo, Hueneme and Ventura.
  • City of Pismo Beach - Pismo Beach is Classic California. Our beach town offers affordable ocean front accommodations, romantic sunsets, Premium Outlet shopping, wine tasting and fresh seafood. Perfect getaway.
  • Gilroy Welcome Center - Visit the Garlic Capital of the World. Taste garlic-laced dishes at our numerous restaurants; stroll through historic downtown followed by a shopping spree at Gilroy Premium Outlets.
  • Paso Robles - Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, mere miles from the Pacific Ocean, Paso Robles is a community of wineries, cowboys and surfers. If you’re ready to “go country” in idyllic wine country, Paso Robles has you covered.
  • Visit Santa Barbara - Enjoy breathtaking beaches, bountiful vineyards and an incredible variety of local food and wine at this historic California coastal playland.
  • San Simeon - Situated on one of the most beautiful stretches of Highway 1, San Simeon is the place to watch the elephant seals at the Piedras Blancas rookery, tour the world-famous Hearst Castle and much more.
  • Discover Buellton - This area’s unique weather is the secret behind its world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It also brings out a sense of adventure. Go hike, bike or ride horseback. Explore the gardens and ostrich farm.
  • Visit Atascadero - Explore the laid-back side of the California Coast, take the family-friendly Brews and Burger Trail and stroll the parks with your beverage in this community designed with a Utopian vision.
  • Visit Morro Bay - Explore miles of beautiful sandy beaches, the national estuary, numerous land adventures and excursions in the bay or on the Pacific Ocean. It’s home to world-famous Morro Rock and an abundance of year-round activities like boating, kayaking, surfing, golfing, hiking and biking.

Tour Guides and Tour Apps

Don't miss a thing by following an expert - a literal "Yosemite Travel Guide."

  • GuideAlong Yosemite Driving Tour App -Listen to an expert tour guide automatically play interesting and entertaining commentary as you go.