Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park

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Take a walk on the shores of Tenaya Lake, or hike up the surrounding mountains. Breathe in fresh air coming down from the rocky hills, have a picnic next to the lake, or go for a swim in the crystal clear water. Note, however, that the water here can be cold, even during the warm months of June and July. Wear comfortable shoes if hiking, and don't forget to bring snacks as well as drinkable water. Using our world travel planner, Yosemite National Park attractions like Tenaya Lake can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Totally beautiful well worth stopping off to enjoy the view and a walk around the lake. The view is lovely  more »
  • This is a beautiful lake on the Tioga Pass road (California 120) about a 1 and a quarter hour drive from Yosemite Valley. It is literally right on the road; there are a couple of (small) parking areas...  more »
  • Of Yosemite Valley is a long time on the road, but it is worth to get away from the hustle and bustle and now completely overflowing Valley! Find a crystal-clear lake, which is however rather too cold for swimming in the summer, surrounded by an impressive mountain panorama. For grilling, or even just to relax a perfect place! The Lake Tenaya never miss, from the Valley coming many other beautiful places and places on the way there there!
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Where to stay in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park offers something for everyone. Choose from upscale or historic hotels, a well-appointed lodge, motel rooms, rustic cabins, canvas tent cabins, and developed campgrounds. Yosemite Village in the heart of the valley is the most convenient place to stay, but other accommodations line the roads leading to the village. If you can't secure a place inside the park, try the various lodges, inns, bed and breakfasts, cabins, cottages, and motels on the roads leading in from the west. Staying any further out can cost you valuable time that you could be spending hiking, biking, and sightseeing. To escape from the crowds in the valley, reserve a campsite at Crane Flat or Hodgdon Meadow, which are far enough out to provide solitude but close enough to reach major valley attractions in less than half an hour. Campgrounds along Tioga Road see even fewer crowds. If you plan to visit in summer, you must reserve accommodations (even campsites) well in advance, as Yosemite remains extremely popular with both visitors from afar and those based in California.
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