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.
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.
Drive: San Francisco to Yosemite National Park
Travel Time: ~3 hours 50 minutes
Distance: 197 miles
Estimated Fuel Cost: ~20-30
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)