Destination guide

Natural splendor near Yosemite Area vacation home rentals

The majestic beauty of California’s Yosemite Area offers dramatic waterfalls, awe-inspiring cliffs, giant sequoias, old-growth forests, and an abundance of wildlife for the vacation of a lifetime. Whether you’re looking for challenging hikes, lake watersports, adventurous skiing, or just to relax in the wilderness, the Yosemite Area has endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Vacation home rentals put you in the center of this beautiful landscape and all that it offers.

Things to do

Adventure surrounds Yosemite Area vacation homes

The Yosemite Area is filled with unique terrain, lush forests, and glistening lakes for endless adventure. Vacation home rentals are available near the top destinations, such as Half Dome, an iconic dome-shaped climbing rock for hikers and rock climbers, and Yosemite Falls, a set of towering mountainside waterfalls with spectacular views. Glacier Point, an overlook known for its sweeping views and challenging hiking trails, and Yosemite Valley, a vast, glacial valley with views of natural landmarks, are ideal places for outdoor enthusiasts.


Activities and attractions in Yosemite National Park

Do you want to find top things to see and do in the area? Travelers enjoy fun activities like hiking and skiing. Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Yosemite National Park a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. Here are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Swinging Bridge Picnic Area (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Cathedral Beach Picnic Area (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Badger Pass (6.5 mi / 10.4 km)
  • Wawona Golf Course (14.6 mi / 23.4 km)
  • Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad (20.2 mi / 32.5 km)
  • Butterfly Creek Winery (22 mi / 35.4 km)
Outdoor activities

Must-try activities near Yosemite Area vacation homes

The Yosemite Area is a vast natural playground with outdoor activities ranging from quiet outdoor experiences to adrenaline-fueled adventure. Hiking, mountain biking, rock or ice climbing, and rafting are appropriate for most seasons. Summer activities include swimming, horseback riding, fishing, and golfing, while winter brings ice skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and snowboarding opportunities.


Seasonal weather averages in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is well known for its skiing. To make the most of the cold weather activities, you might consider visiting in January, February, December or March, when snowfall averages 14.10 inches and temperatures average 29°F.

Natural features

Exploring the mountains and other natural features in Yosemite National Park

Beautiful waterfalls, stunning river views and scenic parks are a few of the stunning natural features that Yosemite National Park boasts. Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Yosemite National Park is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Glacier Point (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Half Dome (3.8 mi / 6.2 km)
  • Yosemite Falls (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • El Capitan (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Vernal Falls (3.5 mi / 5.6 km)
  • Mariposa Grove (16.1 mi / 25.9 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Yosemite National Park

The nearest airport is in Mariposa, CA (RMY-Mariposa-Yosemite), located 28.7 mi (46.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Mammoth Lakes, CA (MMH-Mammoth Yosemite), which is 42.4 mi (68.2 km) away.

Getting around

Transportation near Yosemite Area vacation homes

The Yosemite Area is vast and has many roads throughout the region. Buses, taxis, rideshare, and shuttles are available in some areas, though there may be road closures in inclement weather at higher elevations. You can also rent a car, bike, or walk to nearby destinations from your summer rentals. Several airports surround the area, many of which offer shuttles to get to vacation homes.

Food and drink

Food and drink in the Yosemite Area

The Yosemite Area offers a wide variety of restaurants for every taste. Whether you want an intimate dinner or a quick lunch for your outdoor excursion, area restaurants near vacation rentals provide locally sourced, organic, and sustainable ingredients in flavorful combinations. The Yosemite Area also has food and wine tours throughout the year, giving you a chance to experience the vibrant flavors of the region during elegant events in beautiful locations.

Family friendly

Fun with the kids near Yosemite Area vacation homes

If you want to experience nature with the kids, the Yosemite Area offers an array of locations for different skill levels and ages near area vacation homes. Tuolumne Meadows, a lush, elevated field with a cascading river and scenic views is great for both young children and older children looking for some outdoor recreation, while the Vernal Fall waterfall has a shady, steep trail near raging waters for a more rigorous hike. Bridalveil Fall, a famous plunging waterfall in the park with a steep drop off, is perfect for more adventurous types looking for thrills. You could also take a scenic drive along Tioga Pass, a high-elevation vehicle crossing that connects to many trailheads and offers sweeping views of the landscape, or walk through Mariposa Grove, an old-growth park with giant sequoias and a museum with artifacts of the local area. For water activities, Mirror Lake, a small, seasonal lake that connects to a creek, is a lovely spot for swimming and fishing.

Where to stay around Yosemite Area?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 520 vacation rentals near Yosemite Area. From 173 Cabins to 245 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Yosemite Area for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Yosemite Area?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Yosemite Area. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Mammoth Lakes: 2,069 vacation rentals
  • Yosemite National Park: 517 vacation rentals
  • Bass Lake: 588 vacation rentals
  • Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort: 2,000 vacation rentals
  • Northern California: 21,228 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Yosemite Area! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Yosemite Area?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Yosemite Area:

  • Mammoth Lakes: 2,069 rentals
  • Bass Lake: 588 rentals
  • Mariposa: 622 rentals
  • Groveland: 439 rentals
  • June Lake: 2,064 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Yosemite Area?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Yosemite Area. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Yosemite Valley: 786 rentals
  • Yosemite Falls: 335 rentals
  • Mono Lake: 65 rentals
  • Half Dome: 318 rentals
  • Bass lake Recreation Area: 613 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Yosemite Area listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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