Yosemite is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, about 200 miles east of San Francisco, 300 miles northwest of Los Angeles and a little over 400 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
There are no train routes to, or airports in Yosemite, although there is a small airport, Pine Mountain Lake Airport, just outside the park in Groverland. If visiting from somewhere other than the west coast, it is advisable to fly into Sacramento or San Francisco and rent a car.
There are four entrances to Yosemite, two to the west, servicing San Francisco and Merced, one to the south leading to Fresno, CA, and one to the east, via the steep and often snowy Tioga Pass. Many of these roads are closed temporarily or permanently from November to May due to snow, so check before driving. Traffic during summer can also become heavy on Yosemite’s narrow roads, and roads are often winding, with steep drop-offs, so always exercise caution, particularly during the winter months.
Yellowstone Contact Info
P.O. Box 577
Driving Directions to Yosemite
From San Francisco:
Plan on 4-5 hours of driving to cover the 195 miles barring any unforeseen road conditions. Take I-580 east to I-205 east, then onto Highway 120 East towards Manteca (or Highway 140 East towards Merced).
Plan on 4 hours of driving to cover the 176 miles barring any unforeseen road conditions. Start on Highway 99 South,then onto Highway 120 East towards Manteca (or Highway 140 East towards Merced).
Plan on 5 hours of driving to cover the 218 miles barring any unforeseen road conditions. Remember this route is generally closed in the winter months (November through May due to snow and lots of it). Take US-395 South to Highway 120 West.