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Planning a trip to Yosemite National Park? The park is about 1,200 square miles in size, so there’s plenty of exploring to do. Yosemite cabins provide lodging with the comforts of home while you’re on vacation.

  1. Start Planning Early – Yosemite is a popular tourist destination and with good reason. The park offers wilderness, outdoor adventures and a wide open natural wonderland. Start planning your trip early to ensure you find the ideal lodging arrangements and secure any necessary permits. Permits are required to hike and backpack many areas and can be purchased on site. Half Dome hike permits need to be purchased at least a week ahead of time. 


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  2. Be Aware of the Weather – Spring months at Yosemite are cool and comfortable, making this season a perfect time to hike, camp and check out the Yosemite West rentals. Summer brings tons of tourists to the park and makes getting a Yosemite cabin rental a little harder. Stick to the early fall if the spring and summer aren’t convenient for your family trip. Check the weather a day or two prior to arriving at the park because it changes quickly and can even become dangerous. Some Yosemite cabin rentals close during certain portions of the year to skip that winter weather.


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  3. When To Go – Vacationing in Yosemite in the winter allows you to experience winter activities like skiing and ice skating. Note that Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road close due to snow conditions. The waterfalls freeze but that can make for an interesting photo op. Spring, summer and fall are suited to outdoor activities, so bring your hiking boots. Snow remnants may still be around in early spring.



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  4. Choosing the Type of Cabin – Cabin choices include log cabins, ranch-style homes, quaint cottages and apartments. Figure out the size you need with the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, plus living areas. Do you prefer a rustic feel or a more luxurious cabin? A little research can go a long way in securing the ideal vacation home.



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  5. Cabin Locations – The expansive park offers many locations for cabin rentals. Consider staying in Yosemite Valley with picturesque rock formations and vista views. Tuolumne Meadows is a higher elevation (at 8,600 feet) and has a river that runs right through the middle.



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  6. Amenities – Cabins may include linen and towel service or you may have to order the service. Some allow pets but may have a pet-cleaning fee. Gas or charcoal grills are available at some cabins, but you may need to provide your own charcoal or propane tanks.



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  7. Outfitting the Cabin – A couple of grocery stores are in the area, so stock up on food and beverages to have at the cabin. Don’t forget paper products like toilet paper, tissues and paper towels. You’ll want extra water as your body adjusts to the higher elevation. Several restaurants are within a quick drive, so dining out is always an option.


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  8. Bear Proofing – There is abundant wildlife in the area, including bears that forage for food. The park has bear-proof containers to rent for storing food items and locking up trash containers. Follow the rules and regulations for safety.



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  9. Get Help from Friends – Picking the perfect Yosemite cabin rental is a breeze when you have a little help from your friends. Talk to relatives or friends who’ve already spent some time in the park, and get ideas about which type of lodging they prefer. If you’re not a fan of “roughing it,” you might pick out a hotel or even a Yosemite house rental for part or all of your vacation.


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  10. Venture Out on Foot – If you’re staying within the park, simply walk out the front door to start your day. Get lost in the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Hike the trails. Observe wildlife in their natural habitat. Listen to the sounds of nature and take lots of photos. Trek back to the cabin and relax after a day in the fresh, mountain air.



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  11. Day Tripping to San Francisco – San Francisco is a little over three hours away depending on where you are staying. Start out early and you can make a day of sightseeing. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, visit Alcatraz, stroll through Haight-Ashbury and hang out in Fisherman’s Wharf. Head back home late afternoon to recharge your internal batteries at the cabin.


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  12. Things to Do – Pack as much in as you can. Go to the Yosemite Falls, pan for gold and visit the Mariposa Museum. See the sequoias in Mariposa Grove and drive the scenic Tioga Road. When it’s time to leave, you’ll carry the memories with you.

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