MOUNTAIN AREA — Spring has arrived, roads are open, and Yosemite National Park is one of the top destinations for spring break for families.
Whether you’re local or visiting, with all the rain during winter, now is an opportunity for people to see the park at its best.
“This is good news for the south gate entrance on Highway 41 to Yosemite National Park as spring is the perfect time to visit the park,” says Therese Williams, Director of Public Relations for Visit Yosemite Madera County.
“It’s going to be one of the best years for waterfalls and spring flowers because of all the rain we have had over the winter.”
Read some of Candace Gregory’s hiking blogs on SNO.
U.S. News & World Report has also ranked Yosemite National Park as:
- #1 in Best Places to Hike in North America
- #2 in Best Affordable Destinations in the USA
- #3 in Best Affordable Family Vacations
- #3 in Best Adventure Vacations in the USA
- #4 in Best Places to Visit in the USA
- #4 in World’s Best National Parks
- #5 in Best Family Vacations in the USA
- #6 in Best Family Vacations
The south gate entrance to Yosemite on Highway 41 offers visitors the option to stay close to the park in Bass Lake or Oakhurst, with affordable spring break accommodations.
Visitors can dine on farm-to-table food from the richest agriculture land in the Central Valley, and lakeside at some of the greatest family resorts in the state. With nearly unlimited activities including hiking, boating, water sports, fishing and mountain biking.
“Oakhurst and Bass Lake offer affordable lodging for our visitors within minutes of the park,” Therese points out, while Coarsegold is home to the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino.
The south gate entrance also offers proximity to Bass Lake.
Nearby are Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, the Fossil Discover Center, Madera County agriculture and wine trail activities and loads to do in the area.
SNO recommends these community partners for dining, overnight accommodations, and planning recreation at the lake:
- Bass Lake Water Sports
- Miller’s Landing at Bass Lake
- The Pines Resort at Bass Lake
- The Forks Resort at Bass Lake
- Yosemite Gateway Restaurant In Oakhurst
- Slim’s Koffee Shak in North Fork, Oakhurst and Mariposa
According to a survey from CheapTickets.com, 42 percent of college students, 36 percent of up-and-comers and 11 percent of families are planning to take a spring break trip. Yosemite National park is one of the top destinations for spring break for families according to the survey.
For more information about local activities, visit the Sierra News Online community calendar.