Places to Lodge at Yosemite National Park
Your two options when planning for a vacation at Yosemite National Park is getting accommodations inside the park itself, or looking for one outside the park in the surrounding community. If you are going to Yosemite National Park for your summer holiday, then make sure that you book your accommodations early since the company that handles the housing reservations inside the park takes reservations months in advance, so booking just a few weeks before your trip will not guarantee a place to stay for your holiday. If you make housing reservations months in advance of your planned holiday, then you might still be able to find a good accommodation for your summer holiday. There are people who even book a year in advance to ensure that they will have good accommodations in the park when they go there.
4-star hotels, the Ahwahnee Hotel, and campsites in the backcountry are the available accommodations inside the park. A wilderness permit is required from a ranger station if you are going to stay in a backcountry campsite. If you have other arrangements to make in the park, then you should go to the company that handles the housing reservations to make them. In the Yosemite Valley, aside from the Ahwahnee hotel, you can also stay in the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. If you want to stay in tents or cabins, you can go to Camp Curry. Other campsites include Housekeeping Camp which is along the Merced River and other campsites nearby.
The Wawona Hotel, Tuolomne Meadows Lodge, and the White Wolf Lodge can be found outside the Yosemite valley but still inside the park, at the Tuolomne Meadows. The high-country campsites are also places you can stay. In Wawona there are many privately owned rentals inside the park.
Other lodgings are outside the Yosemite National Park; you can find many just near the gates. The four main gates of Yosemite National Park includes the Arch Rock/El Portal Entrance, the Big Oak Flat Entrance on the west, the South Entrance, and the Tioga Pass Entrance on the east. There are many accommodations that you can find along these entrance routes.
You have plenty of options outside the park. Going inside the park to watch the attractions will take long drives if you lodge outside the park.
If you want to make housing reservations outside the park, then you need to call the lodging places individually. Unlike housing reservations inside the park, there is no central place to call outside the park and since these accommodations are not part of any hotel chains, you will have to contact individual lodging places to book your stay. If you are a member of an organization, you can ask if they offer discounts for membership in these clubs.