We are travelling from the east into Yosemite during August 2013. I hope to stay for 2 nights on the east around Mammoth Lakes/Lee Vining/Bishop area and 2 nights on the west side of Yosemite around El Portal, before travelling onto San Francisco.
I’ve noticed that a lot of the places visitors recommend (Glacier Point, Sentinel Dome, Vernal Falls, Yosemite Falls, El Capitan) are near-ish to Yosemite Village, hence El Porto. We will also visit Bodie ghost town when we are on the east side.
Even though many would say I am young (!) I can only physically walk around 2-3miles in one go so our hiking trips will need to be gentle.
What are your opinions on this? Are they nice places to stay? I have hotels lined up so all I need is a few places to visit near Mammoth Lakes/Lake Mono etc. and any I have missed near El Porto. I would say no more than an hour drive away unless it is a ‘must see’.