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Yosemite N.P.
Travel Planning
Yosemite N.P.

Yosemite National Park at a Glance

Yosemite National Park is one of the nation's oldest national parks. Millions of visitors flock to this site each year to view the gorgeous waterfalls, epic cliffs and abundant wildlife. 

Visitors to Yosemite can explore the park both during the summer and the winter. Visitors can opt for a tour of the park via the green park shuttle, spend a night in a campground, or take a backpacking trip into more remote areas. For visitors who aren't keen on hiking, short walks can get you to some of the park's most beloved sites. 

 

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May - October
Low Season
November - April
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      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System
      • Bus Merced Greyhound Station
      • Railroad Merced Amtrak Station
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      7,801 miles
      Estimated Drive Time
      142 hour(s)
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Events Wildfires are a concern in the southern part of the state during summer, but they can occur throughout California, and Yosemite's woods are no exception. As in the rest of the state, earthquakes are also a possibility.

      Safety Concerns You needn't worry too much about crime in Yosemite. However, it never hurts to be cautious about leaving valuables in cars or unattended at campsites.

      Health Concerns Drinking water is safe. Health concerns are more likely to come into play during hiking, trekking or other outdoor exploration, during which insect-borne diseases (lyme disease, West Nile virus, etc.) and wildlife encounters could potentially happen.