tommy525 wrote:Yosemite is indeed pretty grand. But I think theres only one hotel there? And it is like 500 bucks a night plus being fully booked too. Basically most people bring a tent I think?
We just did a day trip from SF. Bit of a long drive but still was fun to go..
Day trip from SF? That's nuts. It's only a 4 hour drive (each way), but we stayed 3 nights and even that seemed just barely long enough. Next time I hope to stay at least 5 nights and maybe climb to the top of Half Dome (up the back, not the face).
The expensive hotel -- that's the 100 year-old Awhanee, and I'll bet it's very nice. I'll look into that next time (and hopefully can find a room for half the price you quoted). But, there are lots of other options.
Here's a few within the park itself.
And there are various hotels, etc., just outside the park boundaries. For example, we were unfortunately too late to get lodging in the Valley, so we stayed at this popular place:
The rooms were decent, food was good, nice setting in the woods, and it's an easy 45 minute bus ride into the Valley. Then in the Valley there's a free shuttle bus to lots of major sites and trailheads.