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Beat the Heat at Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite is an amazing US National Park! Each year, 4.1 million people visit the park to experience one of nature’s most beautiful places. If you are looking to beat the heat next summer (camping reservations for this summer are all booked-up), Yosemite should be on your bucket list!


One of the great things about Yosemite is that you can camp in tents, camp in cabins or stay at a hotel. We recommend camping for a true nature experience. Yosemite National Park has 13 popular campgrounds, of which up to seven are on a reservation system. From April through September, reservations are essential and even the first-come, first-served campgrounds often fill by noon from April through September.

Things to Do
10383786_10152476298658126_8281747529222051946_o1511938_10152476298978126_3535924963534425634_oHike the trails to see some of the United State’s best waterfalls. One of the coolest things about the park is that you can see waterfalls while you are driving into the park. Of course, seeing them up close is nothing short of magical.


If you love water, you can raft down the Merced River and catch views of Yosemite Falls & Half Dome. For information on rafting, click here.

Tips & Info

  • All the campgrounds have restrooms with toilets and sinks
  • If you camp, you can pay to take showers in the village area
  • The village offers convenience stores as well as dinning options

Yosemite is a 10.5 hour drive from Phoenix. If you are staying at a hotel, you can fly into the Fresno, CA airport, rent a car and then you’ll arrive in Yosemite after a 2.5 hour drive.

If you drive, you may want to consider breaking up the trip with a stop along the California coast. We stayed at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara for a couple nights to turn our summer adventure into a fun road trip!

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