From San Francisco to Yosemite

Yosemite Park is visited by more than three million people every year, and the vast majority only runs through the valley. It is a park named world heritage site, as it has granite cliffs, waterfalls, wilderness areas, etc. Besides nature, it also offers an unforgettable experience, so it is worth taking your car and go.

First, you have to keep in mind that driving on US routes does not present a great difficulty, sometimes you can find some traffic, but with patience everything is possible. The road that leads to Yosemite Park has quite a few curves, so this point and speed limits are things to keep in mind to plan your trip well.

To get to Yosemite by car, you can take three routes:

  • Highway 120: you must head for the Eastern Sierra through the Tioga Pass. Take into consideration that this road is kept closed during the winter, but when it is open, you can find restaurants and a gas station. Also, on the way, you can find Mono Lake and eat while you watch it. Once you have climbed Highway 120, you will begin to see the park’s trails.

  • Highway 41: This route begins in Fresno. You should go north and then east. During this route, you will find Austrian, French restaurants and you should definitely go to the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, a narrated ride on a steam locomotive through the steep pine groves.

  • Highway 140: goes from Merced. Along the way, you can enjoy chocolates and see a gold nugget of almost 14 pounds. You can also find restaurants, local wines, and craft beers. You can stay at Yosemite View Lodge, or Yosemite Blue Butterfly, both overlooking the Merced River.

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