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Destination guides > North America > USA > West Coast > California > Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

California’s most famous national park is a beautiful wilderness area made famous by the classic photography of Ansel Adams.

Entry to Yosemite costs $20 per car and most facilities are in the 11km-long Yosemite Valley; particularly in Yosemite Village, which you’ll find the visitors’ centre, grocery store, museum and other services.

The main attractions in Yosemite Valley are the 739m-high Yosemite Falls (North America’s highest) and Mirror Lake. Spectacular views of the valley can be had at Glacier Point and Tunnel View.

Tuloumne Meadows – 88.5km from Yosemite Valley – is the other main area in the park. Noted for its open meadows and pristine lakes, Tuolumne Meadows provides a stark contrast to the more heavily-visited Yosemite Valley.

The national park is home to over 1200km of hiking trails including the popular John Muit and Mist Trails and the hike to Half Dome.

Practical information

Yosemite Valley Visitors Center

Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park
Tel (209) 372 0299
Open 9am-5pm daily

Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center

Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park
Tel (209) 372 0263
Open 9am-5pm daily

Hostel accommodation

Camping in the park costs between $8 and $18 for a tent site. The nearest hostel is 32km outside the park.

Yosemite Bug

6979 Highway 140, Midpines, CA 95345
Tel (209) 966 6666

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