We can tell you from experience that finding the ideal Yosemite stay is harder than it looks.
Of the dozens of hotels built to accommodate the millions of tourists that roll through the region all year long, a disturbing number are overcrowded (hi Ahwahnee, we still love you), out-of-date and, frankly, gross.
So, where’s the best place to stay at Yosemite? We’re glad you asked. Whether you’re looking for a glamping adventure, a family-friendly stay, or a romantic retreat, we know just the place.
The Stylish Stay: AutoCamp Yosemite
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With recent openings near Zion and Joshua Tree National Parks, AutoCamp is fast becoming the nation’s glamping go to—and, from the perspective of its Yosemite location, it's very easy to see why. The Midpines location not only has everything you’d want in both a campground and a traditional hotel, it has some serious style to boot. The property’s 80-odd Airstreams are immaculate, each with queen beds, convertible sofas, a galley kitchen, full bath, and heat and A/C inside; plus private fire pits, grills, and tables outside. Additionally, luxury tents offer a more affordable option with shared baths. In the beautifully designed mid-century modern clubhouse, you can cozy up around the chiminea in winter months, or sit out on the veranda and take a dip in the pool in sunny ones. At the onsite cafe, AutoCamp serves up comfort foods and cocktails, but if you’d rather go full happy camper, visit the general store instead. It stocks all the essential eats (gourmet s’mores kits!), snacks, and firewood you’ll need to do the night right.
// 6323 CA-140 (Midpines), autocamp.com
The Family-Friendly Escape: Evergreen Lodge
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You don’t have to come with kids in tow to stay at Evergreen Lodge, but with summer camp vibes and cabins large enough for the whole family, it’ll be a whole lot more fun if you do. A total of 88 cottages spread across 20 acres of towering pines come in different sizes and shapes, from the four-person deluxe cabin to the 2,500-square-foot, three bedroom John Muir House (for a more rustic option, try the custom tent sites). But really, the cabins are just a place to lay your head. From forest disc golf and ropes courses, to campfire singalongs and nature crafts, to yoga and bocce ball, the activities here are virtually endless. Don’t worry, grown-ups, there are a few things just for you too, including a full-service pool bar, massages, and live music.
// 33160 Evergreen Rd. (Groveland), evergreenlodge.com
The Boutique Inn: Sierra Sky Ranch
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At Sierra Sky Ranch, a 30-acre historic property along Lewis Creek, the mountain charm runs deep. The boutique inn’s 28 rooms and wood-paneled Great Room with a stone fireplace and library are kissed with rustic Western charm and come complete with a grand piano. Sip your morning coffee on the wide veranda and, in the blistering summer, hop into the pool after your day at Yosemite is done. The onsite Cowboy Tavern will keep you fed and watered with comfort food and craft cocktails.
// 50552 Rd. 632 (Oakhurst), sierraskyranch.com
The Full-Service Resort: Tenaya at Yosemite
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At Tenaya at Yosemite, you can design your Sierra stay any way you please. In winter months, the resort not only offers on-property sledding and snowshoeing (including a guided night hike perfect for stargazing), it has its own covered ice skating rink. In warmer months, there’s archery, mountain bike rentals for exploring the adjacent Sierra National Forest, and guided nature walks. And don’t forget the Ascent Spa, where massages, wraps, and facials rejuvenate all year round. Book a room or suite in the lodge (the latter has a fireplace and two balconies), or opt for a more private stay in a cottage or cabin tucked into the surrounding forest. With three restaurants and a deli, there’s really only one reason to leave: the unparalleled beauty of Yosemite National Park.
// 1122 CA-41 (Fish Camp), visittenaya.com
The Romantic B&B: Hounds Tooth Inn
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Treat your bae to this boutique B&B with modern Victorian style, jetted soaking tubs, and cozy fireplaces. Set on close to four quiet acres, the intimate Hounds Tooth Inn treats its guests to a decadent breakfast and an evening reception complete with wine, cheese, and tapas; there’s even a free snack fridge for stocking your backpack before heading to the park. For a special occasion, splurge on the summer house cottage which has a full kitchen and views of the Sierra.
// 42071 CA-41 (Oakhurst), houndstoothinn.com