Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Plus Yosemite Way Station
Yosemite is a scenic 30-mile drive from this hotel, which sits amid rolling hills topped with towering pine trees. The setting gives the hotel a homey, secluded feel, but guests are conveniently within close reach of local mom-and-pop eateries and boutiques in historic downtown Mariposa.
- Spacious accommodations: King and double queen rooms feature free high-speed internet and satellite TV.
- Rise and shine: The hotel serves up a free hot breakfast of eggs, waffles, and fresh fruit.
Yosemite National Park, California: Giant Sequoia Trees, Waterfalls, and Guided Snowshoe Hikes
Yosemite National Park is a place of superlatives: it’s home to 3 of the world’s 10 tallest waterfalls, the largest piece of exposed granite in the world (known as El Capitan), and a grove of ancient sequoia trees that are among the largest living beings on the planet. So it’s no wonder why this swath of wilderness in central California welcomes nearly four million visitors each year.
Crowds at Yosemite dwindle in fall and winter, so you can typically experience the park’s natural wonders at an unhurried pace. In cold weather, one trek worth making is the 1.2-mile Bridalveil Fall hike, which takes you right up to the glistening descending water. It can be icy during winter, but it’s an easy trip and the reward makes it worth trying.
Much of the Yosemite Valley stands at a low elevation, and it remains accessible to drivers and hikers throughout the winter. The full-service Badger Pass Ski Area features 10 runs, five lifts, and a beginner-friendly terrain park. Skis, snowboards, and snowshoes are all available for rent here; you can even take a guided snowshoe hike to see some of Yosemite’s best views. Yosemite Mountaineering School offers cross-country ski lessons, including telemark and skating, as well as ice climbing, during the winter.