When you go

Golden Yosemite

For information and directions, visit www.nps.gov/yose or call 209/372-0200. The entrance fee is $20 per vehicle. For lodging reservations, visit www.yosemitepark.com or call 559/252-4848.

The Ahwahnee. One of the grandest of the national park lodges, dating to 1927. There's also a restaurant ($$$$; breakfast, lunch, and dinner Mon-Sat, brunch and dinner Sun; reservations recommended; 209/372-1489). 123 units from $379. 1 Ahwahnee Rd.; 209/372-1407.

Curry Village. Inexpensive rooms, basic cabins, and rustic canvas-tent cabins (BYO sleeping bag). Also, there's a pizza stand, coffee bar, and the Curry Village Pavilion ($12 breakfast and dinner buffet; 209/372-8303). 628 units; from $69 for tent cabins, $108 for regular cabins with bath, $113 for motel rooms. 9010 Curry Village Dr.; 209/372-8333.

Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. Comfortable but basic rooms in a central location. There's an on-site restaurant ($$$; dinner daily; 209/372-1274 or 209/372-1281) and food court ($$; breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily; 209/372-1265). 245 rooms from $113. 9006 Yosemite Lodge Dr.; 209/372-1274.