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Where to stay when we only have 2 nights in Yosemite?

We'll be driving to Yosemite from San Francisco in October but will only have two nights in the National Park. Will be travelling with my husband, mother in law and 2 kids, 8 and 10 yo. We will have our own car and want to know where to stay. Ideally dont want to be spending $1,000 per night, which is what the quote is to stay at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. Have been recommended Evergreen Lodge which is about 1hr from the main part of the valley. Would like to visit Valley, Hetch Hetchy, Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove if we have time. Any suggestions on accommodation and itinerary would be great.

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1. Re: Where to stay when we only have 2 nights in Yosemite?

Hi

I don't think that the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls option is $1,000 per night, even for two rooms. But it might be $1,000 for two renovated rooms for two nights.

All the lodging options are described in the Top Questions on the right side of the page. You might want a tent cabin for the 5 of you, but only if you are okay with rustic tight quarters and walking to the shared outdoor restroom building. Perhaps there is a Family Bunk Room available at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. Or maybe Grandma stays in a motel-like Lodge room while the rest of your rough it at Curry Village. Or maybe you opt for a private property rental inside the Park gates.

The Top Questions contains Trip Reports (some from families!) and Activities for Families with Children. There are also itinerary suggestions in the Trip Ideas under the Trip Reports.

Where are you going after Yosemite? It's possible that visiting Mariposa Grove at the end of your visit and then using the South Entrance would make sense.

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2. Re: Where to stay when we only have 2 nights in Yosemite?

$1000 per night for one room would be quite high, even at the Ahwahnee. At Yosemite Lodge? Unbelievable. What dates and what kind of room. Also, where did you find such a price (on what site)? I could imagine YL being sold out easier than I could believe $1000 per night. Now, if you're talking about multiple rooms, then the story is different.

Edited: 9:07 am, April 26, 2014
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3. Re: Where to stay when we only have 2 nights in Yosemite?

p.s. I'd suggest at least considering Tuolumne Meadows, with beautiful Alpine scenery, over Hetch Hetchy.

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4. Re: Where to stay when we only have 2 nights in Yosemite?

You might like try the towns outside the park, especially Oakhurst and Mariposa. If you're happy with a 70 mile drive each way, Merced has a huge number of motels, starting with the budget Motel 6 chain, through mid-price chains such as Super 8, and the more expensive chains as well.

Apologies if what follows is obvious.

For all these places, and as a general principle, you can use Google Maps to search for accommodation options. Pan and zoom to the area of interest, so as to avoid getting matches from places with similar names in other states. Then enter a query to Google Maps own search box such as

motels near oakhurst

The matches will show on the map, with details in the lefthand panel.

You can also search for specific chains if you wish, for example:

super 8 near merced

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5. Re: Where to stay when we only have 2 nights in Yosemite?

IMO, Merced is a poor choice for Yosemite lodging any time of year and is a very poor choice in October when the demand for Yosemite lodging is lower. That's just way too much time in the car vs time enjoying Yosemite NP.

Try to stay *in* Yosemite if at all possible. Mariposa is 1 1/4 hrs to Yosemite Valley. Oakhurst is 1 1/2 hrs to Yosemite Valley. If you stay in the Valley, you're there! If you stay in Foresta or Yosemite West, you're close to the Valley & other places.

With just one full day, you may not have time for Tuolumne Meadows. The amenities will be closed up there in October, but it's still lovely.

When visiting Yosemite with kids, "doing" more and driving / looking less is usually a better idea.

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9. Re: Where to stay when we only have 2 nights in Yosemite?

I would not be too enthusiastic about Hetch Hetchy this year until we get some pictures of what the trails and surrounding areas look like. They were heavily damaged by the Rim Fire, which only spared the buildings of Evergreen Lodge, so nothing is going to look like the pre-September photos this year.

And I do think it is churlish to have these disparaging comments back and forth.

It's all good. Guide OP to information and leave your personal issues at home.

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10. Re: Where to stay when we only have 2 nights in Yosemite?

Hi, we were quoted $975 for two lodge rooms at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (room only), per night. Seems high so willing to stay out of the valley as will have a car. Like to idea of seeing Mariposa on way out. We will be heading to Monterey after Yosemite. I am unaware of any recent fires so would Lilly appreciate more information on this please, especially if it will have impacted some of the areas we are interested in. Thanks for your advice.