Welcome to Yosemite Gateways
Gateway towns to Yosemite National Park are spread over a large and disparate region. While they're not unappealing in their own right, the towns are overshadowed by the parks nearby. Oakhurst is the least charming of the gateway towns, but it's a logical choice if you're combining a visit to Yosemite with a trip to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Fish Camp is only 3 miles from Yosemite's southern entrance, but its sleeping and eating options are comparably scarce. Groveland, the most northern gateway, offers access to lesser-visited sections of Yosemite. However, drives can be long if you plan to visit Yosemite Valley in summer. It's the same with Mariposa, which has a busy Main St and several Old West museums. Scenic Merced River Canyon is the closest to the valley, but most of its lodgings are of debatable value.