You’ll check into your posh hotel and then embark on a few days of exploring.
Grab a map, some energy bars and plenty of water because with so many National Parks to see you will find it hard to pick just one.
- Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park
- Las Vegas to Zion National Park
- Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park
- Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon National Park
- Las Vegas to Arches National Park
- Las Vegas to Mesa Verde National Park
- Las Vegas to Four Corners National Monument
- Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park
- Las Vegas to Joshua Tree National Park
Yosemite National Park from Las Vegas
447 miles – 7 hours of driving
Driving directions via Google maps
Yosemite Valley is so often photographed it is almost as if half dome and Yosemite Valley have been seen by everyone. In the summer this National Park gets a lot of visitors and frankly that is why I love this place. One of my greatest joys is getting on my bike in the middle of summer, amidst the crowds at the visitors centers and bus stops and riding through a meadow with only the sound of my bike and the wind. Yosemite Valley is so vast that you'll find a spot for yourself along the Merced River, in the shadow of El Capitan or within view of a waterfall and you’ll appreciate nature the way the rest of us city slickers do.
The hikes are numerous, rafting down the river is fun and if you feel really energetic you can either rock climb or try getting to the top of half dome.
How is the drive from Las Vegas to Yosemite?
You'll think it is a little long especially if you thought you would make it back in one day, you won't, this is a 2 day excursion or one really long day that is spent doing plenty of driving. I say 2 days simply because there is so much to see. You’ll be entering Yosemite National Park via the East entrance and Tioga Pass (unfortunately this route only works in late spring, summer and early fall). Make sure to stop at the Tioga Gas Mart, Whoa Nellie Deli is a very good surprise when looking for food on this route. Another must is on highway 395 in Bishop, Mahogany Smoked Meats for some exceptional beef jerky.
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