I am planning to visit Yosemite for 3 nights during end of June/beg July time frame. This is my first time, and need guidance on finding the exact distance of a lodge from an OPEN entrance to Yosemite. Most lodges that claim to be in Yosemite area, on further drill down say that they are at least 60 to 90 minutes driving distance away from Yosemite. Not sure if they mean from a Yosemite entrance, from center of Yosemite or from some other point of interest in this HUGE park!! Can someone PLEASE GUIDE ON:
(1) How many OPEN entrances there are to the park during end of June/beg July timeframe?
(2) How to determine the driving distance from a lodge to an open enatrance of the park?
(3) Is it true that Yosemite valley is a small portion of the whole Yosemite park?
(4) For 3 nights, should I only focus on Yosemite valley area and find some lodge closer to the entrance near Yosemite valley?