Yosemite National Park – A Great Natural Escapade with the Kids
Travel Time
One way
3 hours 50 minutes
Estimated Cost
Total
210 $ - 1640 $
Transportation
20 $ - 30 $
Hotel
20 $ - 900 $
Restaurants / Bars
20 $ - 50 $
Activities
150 $ - 660 $
Overview
210 $ - 1640 $

Yosemite National Park, renowned for its waterfalls and granite cliffs, is one of the most visited parks in the state of California. The park is a great destination for those looking for a bonding experience with young children. The place can be easily reached by road and through public transit. Young families can find many kid-friendly activities at the park. Thanks to the new Every Kid in a Park initiative, every kid in fourth grade can visit the park with their family for free.   

Millions of visitors head to the Yosemite National Park every year to feast their eyes on the cascading waterfalls, soaring rock walls, winding valleys, majestic sequoias, lush green meadows, and meandering streams. With so much to see and do in Yosemite National Park, one visit alone to the park won’t suffice to fully experience it all. Between hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, rafting, and biking, there is plenty of stuff to do together with family.

Dining in splendidly rustic surroundings, in Mountain Room Restaurant and Lodge
A river in Yosemite National Park
Sunset at Yosemite National Park
Snow covered trees in Yosemite National Park
Spring season in Yosemite National Park
Dining in splendidly rustic surroundings, in Mountain Room Restaurant and Lodge
Breathtaking vistas and gorgeous sights from Yosemite National Park
Beautiful lakeside with see-through waqter even when at its deepest.
A tapestry of orange, brown, red and everything in between.
A ‘majestic’ wood and granite icon, the Majestic Yosemite Hotel
Dining in splendidly rustic surroundings, in Mountain Room Restaurant and Lodge
A river in Yosemite National Park
Go
20 $ - 30 $
Travel time
3 hours 50 minutes
Estimated Fuel Cost
20 $ - 30 $

Yosemite national park can be reached through four main entrances. To reach the place by car, you can take Route 120 west from Oakdale, Route 140 west from Mariposa and Merced, State Route 41 north from Fresno, and Route 120 east from Lee Vining.

All the routes are mountainous so you need to be alert and focused when driving. It’s advisable to take public transpiration, particularly when travelling with the kids. In this way, you will have the chance to look out of the window and admire the wonderful sites near the park. Also, keep in mind that snow chains are required during the snow season that runs from November to March at the Yosemite National Park. Failure to comply will result in penalty of up to $5,000. In addition, the entrance fee for people with private vehicles is $30 while the fee for individuals on motorcycle, bicycle, or foot is $15.

By Road

Drive: San Francisco to Yosemite National Park

Travel Time: ~3 hours 50 minutes

Distance: 197 miles

Estimated Fuel Cost: ~20-30

Public Transit

Bus: From San Francisco to Yosemite National Park, via Colfax.

Travel Time: ~6 hours

Estimated Fare: ~55-110 (From San Francisco to Yosemite National Park, through Bundubus)