EXPLORE YOSEMITE WHILE VISITING OAKDALE

Visit Yosemite

What is the best way to get to Yosemite?

It’s probably best to rent your own car and drive to Yosemite. You can arrive and depart on your own schedule and get to some of the Park’s destinations that aren’t covered by the bus network within the Park. If you’re coming from San Francisco or the Bay Area, you should drive to Yosemite via Highway 120, make a pit stop for food and drinks in Oakdale. The Highway 120 route will get you into the park in under 4 hours. The route via Highway 120 is the most direct route from San Francisco.

What is the easiest way to get to Yosemite?

The most direct route from San Francisco and the Bay Area to Yosemite is via Oakdale on Highway 120. After stopping for food (and an overnight’s stay, if you want to split up your driving), and visiting the Cowboy Capital of the World, you’ll pass the historic towns of Sonora and Groveland before making your way into the park via the Oak Flat or Arch Rock entrances.

What is the most direct way to Yosemite?

The most direct route from San Francisco and the Bay Area to Yosemite is via Highway 120, which passes through Oakdale. With a leisurely stop in Oakdale for food and drinks, your drive up to Yosemite can be made in under 4 hours. If you want to split up the driving or are looking for the best place to stay, spend the night in Oakdale at the Holiday Inn Express, because the drive to or from the park is only 90 minutes!

Where should I stop on my way to Yosemite?

From San Francisco and the Bay Area, your best town to stop on your way to Yosemite is Oakdale. With a wide variety of restaurants, outdoor breweries, museums, and their local cheese factory, you’ll have plenty of options to stretch your legs and grab some food and drinks. Oakdale is 2 hours from San Francisco, and 90 minutes from the Park entrance.

What is the fastest way to Yosemite?

Highway 120 via Oakdale is the fastest and most direct drive from San Francisco and the Bay Area to Yosemite. San Francisco to Oakdale is approximately 2 hours, and Oakdale to the Big Oak Flat Entrance or the Arch Rock Entrance (which is located southeast of Big Oak Flat) is only 90 minutes. If you get an early start from the Bay Area, you can arrive in Oakdale in time for a late breakfast or early lunch and be in Yosemite with a full afternoon left to explore the park

What is the most scenic drive to Yosemite?

All of the roads into Yosemite are scenic! We would suggest taking Highway 120 via Oakdale. You’ll have the chance to stop for food and explore Oakdale, Cowboy Capital of the World, along with the historic towns of Sonora and Groveland. You can consider a pit stop in Knight’s Ferry and explore the town and their famous covered bridge.

Where is a good overnight stop on my way to Yosemite?

Oakdale is a smart place to stop on your way to or from Yosemite. Just 90 minutes from the park entrance, you can leave San Francisco late in the afternoon or evening, spend the night in Oakdale (and get a taste of the local Oakdale restaurants and brewery scene), and be in the park early the next morning. Alternatively, you can spend a full day in Yosemite, drive out to Oakdale in time for dinner and good night’s rest, and then be back in San Francisco early the next morning. Stay with us at the Holiday Inn Express Oakdale!

What is the fastest way to Yosemite?

Highway 120 via Oakdale is the fastest and most direct drive from San Francisco and the Bay Area to Yosemite. San Francisco to Oakdale is approximately 2 hours, and Oakdale to the Big Oak Flat Entrance or the Arch Rock Entrance (which is located southeast of Big Oak Flat) is only 90 minutes. If you get an early start from the Bay Area, you can arrive in Oakdale in time for a late breakfast or early lunch and be in Yosemite with a full afternoon left to explore the park

What time of year is good to go to Yosemite?

It’s always a good time to go to Yosemite. The summer crowds come along with the warmest weather of the season, while spring and fall can be very beautiful to watch the valley come to life and slowly fall into the winter months. The winter can be very cold here, and the park is often covered in snow, but it can feel as if the whole park is yours to explore on your own.

Where can I stop for lunch on my way to Yosemite?

Oakdale is a great place to stop for lunch on your way to Yosemite. With great local breweries, along with dozens of local restaurants serving the cuisines of the world, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Since Highway 120 runs right through Oakdale, your pit stop won’t include a long journey off the highway!

What cities are good to stop in on my way to Yosemite?

From San Francisco and the Bay Area, your best town to stop on your way to Yosemite is Oakdale. With a wide variety of restaurants, outdoor breweries, museums, and their local cheese factory, you’ll have plenty of options to stretch your legs and grab some food and drinks. Oakdale is 2 hours from San Francisco, and 90 minutes from the Park entrance.