Yosemite's Best Budget Items

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Yosemite on $150 for a week? It can be done! Bring all your grocieries/supplies, set up in one of 13 campgrounds and enjoy the good life in this mountain preserve. It really is that easy.Some people are put off by the park's $20/car entrance fee, but this is good for a week's entry, is less than 3 people going to the movies or 2 people going out to lunch or buying yourself a new shirt, and is a fair price to pay to help care for a national treasure like Yosemite. You can even enter the park more cheaply if you come in by bus. If you're a daytripper, once inside Yosemite, you needn't spend much more. Pick up a tasty lunch at Degnan's Deli to put in your daypack for a hike. Rent bikes at Yosemite Lodge or Curry Village for an easy cruise on bike trails or on the road around the mostly flat Valley floor. If you're headed out over Tioga Pass to the East Side, you must dine at the Mobil Mart's Whoa Nellie Deli in Lee Vining - inexpensive, astonishingly good and often with live music. To the west of the park, the Bug Hostel is the popular, affordable place to eat and to base a few day's stay; they even do van tours from here. To stay in the park, go to www.yosemitepark.com to get lodging at Curry Village or Housekeeping Camp - both simple, rustic facilities that get the job done. NPS manages the campgrounds, and Tamarack Flat Campground is a million-dollar hideaway for anyone with $10 and a tent. The national parks are for everyone; a few bucks will do it.

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Author: Pete Devine


Housekeeping Camp

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9004 Southside Drive
Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Phone:

1 801 559 4884


Yosemite Bug Lodge & Hostel

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6979 Hwy 140
Yosemite National Park, CA 95345

Phone:

1 209 966 6666


Tamarack Flat Campground

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Location:

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Phone:

209-372-0200


Curry Village

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Location:

9010 Curry Village Dr
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Phone:

1 559 252 4848


Degnan's Delicatessen

Location:

9015 Village Drive
Yosemite Village
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Phone:

1 209 372 1000


Cafe at the Bug

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6979 Highway 140
Yosemite Bug Lodge
Yosemite National Park, CA 95345

Phone:

1 209 966 6666


Yosemite Bike Trails

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Yosemite Lodge and Curry Village
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Phone:

+1 209 372 1208


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