Ever since my first trip to Yosemite in 1983, I have been enthralled with the park. Yosemite, the 'crown jewel' of the National Park system, covers some 1,170 square miles - which means it's as big as Rhode Island. While, of course, you can find lodgings in nearby towns such as Lee Vinings and Oakhurst, many people do not realize that there are hotel-quality (versus camping) accommodations within the park itself.
On one of my more recent trips to Yosemite, I wanted to stay in the Awahnee Hotel on the valley floor. Then I found out how expensive it is and took a reservation at the Wawona Hotel instead, which is located on Route 41 at the south entrance to the park. The Wawona's roots date to 185...Read More