Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park

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Replete with creeks, towering trees, and rolling stretches of grassland, Tuolumne Meadows offers an array of options for hiking, climbing, and exploring the great outdoors of Yosemite National Park. Leave your car at one of the many small parking lots spaced out along the main road and explore the area, which features sprawling meadows surrounded by densely forested areas and backdrop of granite hills and mountains. Hit the trail and wander the meadows' open expanses or swing by the visitor center for a map and more information about popular routes. Many visitors head for one of the many granite domes in the meadows and climb them for a panoramic view of the alpine scenery. Put Tuolumne Meadows into our Yosemite National Park road trip website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Yosemite National Park.
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  • October 4, 2017
    As we visited the park, we noticed the meadows off 120 and stopped to admire their beauty. It might be nothing to you, but yes, they are gorgeous, if you are into nature.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    I enjoyed Tuolumne more than the Valley. Less crowded, and the views are stunning. It's also much cooler. The power was out when we visited, but thankfully we had a picnic lunch. Be sure to do the Sod...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Tuolumne Meadows is on Highway 120 almost all the way to the east entrance of Yosemite at Tioga Pass. It's much higher in elevation than the valley, but has about 1% of the visitors, I would guess. Th...  more »

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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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