One of the great pleasures of touring the United States is visiting its scenic national parks, and California’s Yosemite National Park is among the most popular destinations. It is easy to see why, with the park boasting spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves and biological diversity. With the park hitting five million annual visitors in 2016, many accommodations have sprung up near the national park for travelers to beat the inevitable heavy traffic in and out of the park, and hopefully spend more time enjoying the wondrous vistas. Here are some great Airbnb yurt accommodations near Yosemite National Park to consider basing yourself in. Just don’t forget to bring along your mobile phone or camera to snap Instagram-friendly photos of the beautiful scenery.
There are rustic accommodations available amid the Yosemite Valley, and the area is well-served by amenities such as a visitor center, a convenience store, eateries and even a library. Demand for the lodgings is extremely high, as visitors can then spend a few days exploring the picturesque peaks, waterfalls and lakes in the valley. If you are unable to snare a room, fret not, because there are many good accommodations all around the national park. This yurt rental is further away from the park vicinity, but makes up for it with great comfort amid the private and remote location near the town of Coloma, about three hours from Yosemite. With wooden walls and concrete floor, the yurt is without the drawbacks of a canvas construction, and also has a cozy hot tub for guests to keep cool in the summer. You can even enjoy a river shuttle service along the nearby South Fork American River.
Sophisticated yurtLotus, California, United States
If you are not too eager to join the summer crowd at Yosemite Valley, a great alternative scenic spot is the Glacier Point, about an hour’s drive up from the valley. From the car park, a walkway leads to one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the park, as you can take in miles and miles of scenery of the valley below. The road to the lookout point is closed in winter, although you can enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing at Badger Pass near the start of the road. This luxurious yurt is perched on the edge of a forested ravine with beautiful sunset views near the town of Garden Valley, three hours north of Yosemite. A salt-water vanishing edge pool and spa are available for guest use, as are semi-outdoor showers and a patio area with picnic table.
Sunset Yurt at Reverie Retreat - hot tub/poolGarden Valley, California, United States
If you are traveling in a large group around California, and still wish to enjoy watching the stars in a secluded tent accommodation, then this Cowboy Village ranch offers an excellent choice to stay. It has two western cottages – John Wayne on the left and Annie Oakley on the right – and together they can house more than 16 guests. In between them is a hangout spot with lights, tables and a BBQ pit. Guests also have full access to the ranch, where they can learn how to rope, practice archery, feed and groom the animals and of course, gaze at the stars. Horseback riding and shooting come at additional charges.
Dude Ranch: Cowboy VillagePaicines, California, United States
Yosemite is not just known for its geographical beauty, but it also contains magnificent flora and fauna within its huge expanse. Near the village of Wawona in the southern region of the park is the Mariposa Grove, where you can find the largest stand of giant sequoias (also known as Sierra Redwoods) in Yosemite. Walk among these trees and you will get a sense of how grand nature can be. If you can’t get enough of these giant trees, you can stay in this yurt accommodation surrounded by Redwoods on top of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about a three-hour drive from Yosemite. The Yurt has electricity, a well-equipped kitchenette, wifi, a large dining room table, a rocking chair and couch. That’s pretty much all you need to spend a few days in peace and tranquility among the giants of the plant kingdom.
Mountain Top Yurt in the RedwoodsWatsonville, California, United States
If you are looking for a companion trip to your Yosemite National Park getaway, you can consider the scenic Santa Cruz Mountains in central California, about a three-hour drive from the park. Besides having luscious temperate forests with giant Redwood trees among them, the mountain range also has more than 30 wineries, making it a premier producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines since the 1970s. This Lotus Belle yurt accommodation is located right in a vineyard, the Lago Lomita, and has free wifi, a kitchen, as well as a dryer. You can enjoy great views of the ridge-top vineyards on the premises, as well as Monterey Bay in the distance.
Lotus Yurt in Vineyard Overlooking Monterey BayLos Gatos, California, United States
From the Santa Cruz Mountains, you can head down to the coastal city of the same name, which is situated on the northern tip of the gorgeous Monterey Bay. The city is well-known as a counter-cultural hub with a bohemian feel and youthful vibe, as well as a fun tourist destination with attractions like the Beach Amusement Park and Boardwalk. You can also simply enjoy views of the bay along the numerous beaches around Santa Cruz. This yurt is on a beautiful property on the outskirts of the city, and is great for families or small groups of up to six guests. There is a fire pit outside where you can chat and listen to the night creatures in this serene setting.
Yurt on 20 Beautiful AcresSoquel, California, United States
The most visited location in Yosemite National Park has to be the gorgeous Yosemite Valley. It has the biggest concentration of scenic vistas in the park, with the most famous spots having evocative names such as the El Capitan, the Bridal Veil Falls and the Mirror Lake. Don’t forget to visit the Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America at 739 meters (2,425 feet). It is also well worth jostling with the visiting crowd at the Tunnel View lookout point, where you will get an awe-inspiring overview of the valley with all its granite cliffs and waterfalls. All the roads in the park lead to the valley, so you can base yourself in any town near its four entrances. One of them is Oakhurst, a half-hour drive from the park’s south entrance, where there is a regular bus service into the park several times in the summer months. This private and beautiful yurt accommodation is amid a property in the outskirts of Oakhurst, and has a well-equipped kitchen, indoor fireplace and free wifi for you to enjoy your solitude in comfort.
Yosemite Shuteye, a most romantic getaway...Oakhurst, California, United States
Enjoy the perfect balance of nature and comfort by staying at this resort yurt, in which you can indulge in a glamping adventure. The yurt comes with a bunk bed, a lower bed, and a comfortable futon, so it can accommodate five people in total. Other facilities you can enjoy include a refrigerator, a microwave, and showers. You are also welcome to enjoy the shared facilities, like the swimming pool and volleyball court.
Yosemite Pines Resort YurtGroveland, California, United States
To truly explore the vast expanse of Yosemite National Park, you have to trek its many enjoyable hiking trails. There are more than 800 miles (1,280 kilometres) of trails of varying distances in the park, all rewarding you with close-up looks at great scenery. Top trails include the 17-mile (27.4 km) round-trip hike up the Half Dome, the short half-mile (0.8 km) stroll to the Bridal Veil Falls, or the remote 7-mile (11.3 km) trek around the Upper and Lower Cathedral Lakes. After a day of hiking, what better way to sooth those aching legs than a soothing massage session, which you can enjoy at this yurt accommodation in a spa retreat at Santa Cruz. The yurt has two futon beds, a wood burning stove inside, and even musical instruments for your enjoyment. The host also provides a fully organic smoothie for breakfast, a super food juice and detox oils to take home.
VEGAN MASSAGE SPA RETREATSanta Cruz, California, United States
Another great exploration area in Yosemite National Park is at the dammed-up Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in the remote north part of the park. Away from the crowd, travellers can enjoy spectacular scenery in solitude along the dam, and can also embark on many wilderness trails originating from the area. This yurt retreat near Monterey Bay is great for rejuvenation after trekking at the park, with a private hot tub to soak those weary legs and even a DVD home theatre system to unwind with movie screenings. If you still have energy to spare, you can rent bicycles to cycle to the Pacific Coast and even the beautiful Big Sur region nearby.
Carmel River Yurt RetreatCarmel, California, United States
From Santa Cruz, you can travel all the way to the other side of Monterey Bay, where you will find the town of the same name. Monterey is famous for its huge aquarium as well as the world-famous 17-Mile Drive, a scenic road through the Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach which hugs the coastline and passes famous golf courses, mansions and stunning lookout points. This posh tent accommodation is situated amid the nearby Saddle Mountains Ranch, and has comfy beds, indoor and outdoor seating and a fire pit. Guests can also enjoy full access to amenities at the ranch like a seasonally heated pool, hiking trails and playground.
Luxury Tent at Saddle Mt. Tent Village
Top-notch nature playground
With so many scenic areas to explore and so many activities to partake in, it is no wonder that Yosemite National Park has earned a global reputation for being a top-notch nature playground. While you may need to share the most popular scenic places with hundreds of other like-minded visitors, the park is huge enough to have many other pockets of picturesque vistas you can enjoy in quietude. And what better way to enjoy the park than to book a yurt accommodation nearby, and experience the splendors of Yosemite at your own pace.
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