Apr 24, 2019 - Apr 25, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Though the name may make it sound like it is close to the park, Fresno Yosemite International Airport is actually right in the middle of Fresno and about an hour's drive to the south of Yosemite. Your closest options to the airport will be in the city of Fresno, where a wide range of lodgings are available to suit any budget.
If you want to stay closer to Yosemite, there are quite a few hotels in the park itself, though these generally cost quite a bit more than hotels in the city. You can find a small handful of more affordable hotels dotted along State Route 41 on the way to and from Fresno, however.
The traditional summer travel season (Memorial Day to Labor Day) is peak season in Yosemite, when the weather is warm and dry every day and the kids are out of school for family vacations. You'll see the highest prices by far from June to August, though prices in the city of Fresno will generally only spike on or around weekends.
Spring and fall offer better opportunities for deals, and the weather is still warm (though heavy rain becomes a possibility in these months). The park is always open, and stays open even during winter snow, though many roads at higher elevations may be closed down for an extended period of time. Though you'll see better hotel prices in spring and fall, expect campsites to fill up just as quickly as they do in summer.
Though Fresno's tourist traffic is entirely related to Yosemite, you can sometimes see unexpected surges in prices due to the Fresno Convention Center being a popular venue for business conventions. It's also the location of Selland Arena, which is one of the only venues in the region for major concerts and events like college and high school tournaments. Expect events at these facilities to disproportionately effect downtown hotels that are close by.
There are about a dozen hotels and lodges throughout Yosemite, mostly located along Routes 120 and 140. Expect these to be the most expensive options in the area, running anywhere from $100 to $800 USD per night. Quite a few hotels and B&Bs are dotted around the outside of the park as well, with the largest concentration along State Route 41 just north of Coarsegold before you enter the park. These hotels can range from $50 to $500 per night, but are generally much more reasonably priced than the ones inside the park. Among these are a Best Western Plus and a Comfort Inn.
The hotels and lodges in the park are almost entirely very upscale and packed with amenities. Hotels and B&Bs just outside of the park also tend to be at least upper midscale.
The city of Fresno is a little thin on five-star luxury hotels, but it has quite a few upscale four-star and three-star chains due to the regular presence of business travelers. These include the Homewood Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, DoubleTree, Hampton Inn & Suites, Springhill Suites and Best Western Plus.
Fresno has a number of budget hotel chain options including Motel 6, Vagabond Inn, Econo Lodge and Crossland Suites. There are also quite a few mom-and-pop motels in town that are usually offering the most economical rates on any given night.
There's not much going on in Fresno, and woe to you if you are there in the summer. Still, it's nice enough. I don't try to go there though.
sucks lived hear all my life. I have tried to leave and the stupid town always sucks you back in. and the job market is horrible GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN RUN!!!
California's Black hole... i love this place because i grew up here, but its so hot, and lacks many things.. but its a very fun place to go.. and once you live here you will never leave
This place ended up being home for more than a decade, funny thing though is I hated coming to Fresno as a kid, and now there are some days I miss it.