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Yosemite National Park, California

A horse and her foal at Yosemite National Park Yosemite National Park is located in east central California about a 6-7 hours drive from Lassen Volcanic National Park and St. Bernard Lodge in northern California and about 10 ½ hours from Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon.

The beauty of Yosemite National Park serves as a muse to artists and poets alike, the most famous of them being Ansel Adams whose black and white prints of skiers, toboggan riders and most notably Monolith, the face of Half Dome inspired generations of photographers.

Yosemite occupies 761,000 acres and spans across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It offers 100 trails, majestic waterfalls, soaring and awesome granite cliff faces and acres of meadows, giant sequoia groves and wildflowers.

Yosemite National Park boasts an elevation range from 2,000 feet to over 13,000 feet which allows it to host five vegetation zones including chaparral/oak, woodland, lower montane, upper montane, sub-alpine and alpine. These five zones provide a natural habitat for 160 rare plants.

However, the main reason 4 million people visit Yosemite each years is undoubtedly to hike, rock climb, photograph and to witness the majesty and wonder of the many peaks and cliffs such as El Capitan, Half Dome, Staircase Falls, Sentinel Fall, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, Nevada Fall, Glacier Point, Merced River, Mount Dana, Tuolomne Meadows, Tioga Pass and the Ansel Adams Wilderness of Sardines Lakes, Mono Pass, Parker Lake, etc.

Lodging and Accommodations for Travelers to Yosemite National Park and Other National Parks

For travelers exploring the National Parks north and northwest of Yosemite, make sure to consider St. Bernard Lodge in Mill Creek, CA which is 20 minutes from Lassen Volcanic National Park in Mineral, CA. St. Bernard Lodge is a quaint, rustic and hugely popular bed and breakfast and inn where singles, couples, families and groups go to stay, rest, and eat and drink great food with new friends.

If Yosemite is too crowded come visit Lassen National Park. It is one of the least crowded National Parks and has many majestic views.Lassen Volcanic National Park has less than 500,000 visitors to Yosemite’s 4 million. Trails are very seldom crowded at Lassen Park. The park offers its own unique beauty to the visitor.

St. Bernard Lodge in Mill Creek is minutes from Lassen Volcanic National Park and is a central lodging, inn and bed and breakfast location for travelers en route from/to Lake Tahoe or other surrounding National Parks such as Lassen, Crater Lake National Park, or Redwood National Park.

St. Bernard Lodge is a beautiful rustic inn and B&B whose second floor offers 7 rooms and can sleep up to 20 guests. The restaurant and tavern on the first floor can accommodate up to 50 diners which is good news for those wanting to spend the night in their RV's yet receive a home cooked meal in warm rustic comfort. Call St. Bernard Lodge at 530.258.3382 to reserve your stay or feel free to reserve online.

Yosemite National Park Map and Directions

Click on the following link for a map and directions from Yosemite National Park in east central California to St. Bernard Lodge in Mill Creek, CA. Mount Lassen Volcanic National Park in Mineral, CA is only a 20 minute drive from the Lodge.

Yosemite National Park Location

Yosemite National Park is located in east central California about an hour west of the California-Nevada border, about 7 hours south southeast of Lassen Volcanic National Park in Mineral, California and about 10 ½ hours from Crater Lake in southern Oregon.

Things to See on your Drive from Yosemite to Lassen Volcanic National Park

Columbia State Park

Columbia State Park is 155 miles south of Lake Tahoe and 76 miles from the Yosemite Valley. This is a must stop if you are traveling with children. Columbia State Park is several blocks of an Old West town. It offers a unique blend of museums, displays and town tours. Highlights for the young and young at heart are the stagecoach ride and gold panning. Click for the Columbia State Park Brochure.

Emerald Bay

Visit Emerald Bay which was designated an underwater park in 1994. Emerald Bay is a nice place to at least pull over and take pictures of Lake Tahoe. The Park is located 22 miles south of Tahoe City. There is a one mile trail which drops 500 feet to Vikingsholm and Lake Tahoe. There are guided tours of Vikingsholm occurring Memorial Day through September. Click for the Emerald Bay Brochure.

Plumas Eureka State Park

Plumas Eureka State Park is 5 miles west of Blairsden on County Road A-14/ The park provides a glimpse into life during the gold rush-era. Click for the Plumas Eureka State Park Brochure.

Portola Train Museum

The Portola Train Museum is great for kids and real train buffs. Kids can actually climb on different train cars. Adults can actually drive a locomotive with the museum’s rental program. Weekend train rides are offered from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This museum is about 20 minutes out of the way when traveling from Truckee to St. Bernard Lodge. It is well worth the stop for anyone who is a true train fan.

7 Wonders of the Railroad World

Highway 70 between Portola and Keddie offer some very unique views of train trestles, tunnels and the William Loop where the track makes a continuous one mile loop crossing over itself. Click to view the 7 Wonders Brochure.

Yosemite National Park Address

Yosemite National Park
P.O. Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389-0577
Phone: 209-372-0200
Fax: 209-372-0220
TDD: 209-372-4726

Call us at 530.258.3382 to reserve or feel free to reserve online.