US dollar ($)
Budget: Less than $100
- Park entrance fee: $20–35
- Campsite: $15–30
- Daily shower in park: $5
- Meal at inexpensive restaurant outside park or fast-food option inside park: $10
- Groceries from markets in or outside parks: $20
- In-park lodging, midrange hotel or B&B: $80–200
- Non-fast-food meal at park restaurant: $20
- Yosemite bicycle or rafting rental: $31–35
- Sequoia Crystal Cave tour: $16
Top end: More than $250
- Room in a top park hotel: $200–550
- Meal in a park-hotel restaurant: $40–60
- Yosemite rock-climbing instruction: $150
It's generally not appropriate to bargain. However, some accommodations might provide discounts for long-term stays.
If you’re arriving from abroad and need to change money, do so at the airport or at an exchange bureau or bank in a major city. It's nearly impossible to exchange money in most small towns throughout the Sierra.
- Yosemite Valley
- Crane Flat gas station
Sequoia and Kings Canyon:
- Grant Grove
- Cedar Grove
- Stony Creek
- Major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Amex) are widely accepted throughout the region and are almost always required as deposits when renting a car or reserving a hotel room.
- Debit cards are accepted everywhere.
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
- Restaurants It's customary to tip waitstaff 15% to 20% for service at restaurants
- Car Services & Taxis tip 10% for car services and taxis