Sierra Nevadas + Yosemite

Hotels in Sierra Nevadas + Yosemite

The two-mile Horse Camp Trail (a nice hike in its own right) brings you to the Sierra Club Foundation’s Shasta Alpine Lodge, base camp for most climbers.

This rustic lodge offers mountain bike rentals for wheeling through the park.

The 42-room property is a cozy motel with a log-cabin theme, down duvets, and knotty-pine wood paneling.

Challenge older kids (14 and up) with an overnight trek to the quite plush (but dormitory-style) hut, 10 miles along a groomed Nordic trail.

Just two miles outside the park’s south gate, the 302-room lodge combines comfort with great-lodge style—and it has its own skating rink.

Many of the rooms have private balconies overlooking the scenic waters, and all come with the use of a bike or snowshoes.

The 59-room Best Western Movie Manor Motor Inn is so named as it is attached to a drive-in movie theater. Film season runs from the middle of May to the middle of September, during which time guests can watch featured films from their rooms.

Yosemite has five hike-in High Sierra Camps: Merced Lake sits at 7,150 feet and is ringed by granite peaks. Reservations are available on a lottery basis.

Even after a $53 million renovation in 2008, this timber lodge edging Lake Tahoe manages to let nature do the talking.

The sleekly minimalist eco-lodge really is made of cedar, all of it sourced in an environmentally friendly way. The 42 rooms are built mostly out of recycled and sustainably harvested wood in an appealing minimalist style, with leather-upholstered platform beds and birch plywood furniture.

Stay at the 42-bed Vogelsang camp (10,300 feet), which does not, alas, have showers. The canvas tent cabins have beds with mattresses, pillows, and blankets; towels and sheets are included. Reservations are available on a lottery basis

In spring, there may be no better place to book than one of the 319 canvas tents at Curry Village, located right on the valley floor.