Yosemite View Lodge
El Portal, CA
Yosemite View Lodge, tucked between granite mountains on one side and the rushing Merced River on the other, is the closest accommodation to Yosemite National Park’s western entrance. Well-appointed spacious rooms include kitchenettes, sitting areas and private balconies overlooking the river. Soaking opportunities abound, with three outdoor swimming pools and six outdoor spas, as well as an indoor swimming pool and indoor spa. The on-site River Restaurant and Lounge welcomes diners with cozy, mountain-cabin ambience, and also features outdoor patio seating a stone’s throw from the river. The seasonal Parkside Pizza restaurant, also on site, offers a more casual setting. After an invigorating day of hiking in Yosemite Valley or Tuolumne Meadows, what could be better than falling asleep to the soothing sound of flowing water drifting up from the river below?