Info: (800) 533-1001, http://www.stayatyosemite.com.
The Highway 120 corridor also has several B&Bs, including the Blackberry Inn in nearby Buck Meadows ( 867-5001, http://www.blackberry-inn.com) and Lillaskog Lodge, on a mountaintop 11 miles from Yosemite ( 962-1818, http://www.lillaskogyosemite.com). Yosemite Pines (www.yosemitepinesrv.com), a recreational vehicle resort just outside of town, also features more modest yurts without kitchens or bathrooms. Starting May 1, they cost $109 on Friday and Saturday nights.
Historic Sierra Sky Ranch Resort
Location: 50552 Road 632, Oakhurst, Calif.; off Highway 41, about 10 miles from the park's South Entrance.
Amenities: Established in 1875, this property was originally a working cattle ranch. It also was a tuberculosis hospital in the 1920s, a religious retreat and a recovery center for soldiers wounded in World War II.
In 1946 the ranch was converted to a hotel, with John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe among its celebrity guests. Now, the ranch can house up to 72 overnight guests in 26 rooms.
There's a veranda on which to relax, as well as a swimming pool for hot summer days. Fishing is allowed in a trout stream on the property.
A steakhouse and saloon are attached to the resort's rustic lounge. The resort is also popular for events (there are family reunions booked until 2015).
Cost: Standard rooms are $135 to $155 a night, while suites are $175-$225, plus taxes.
Info: (559) 683-8040, http://www.sierraskyranch.com
Nearest town: Oakhurst, about three miles south, has modern shopping centers, fast food restaurants and lodging. Driving north on Highway 41 will bring you to Fish Camp — a cluster of cabins with a general store and post office near Yosemite's southern entrance.
As you approach, you'll find the Narrow Gauge Inn ( 644-9050, http://www.narrowgaugeinn.com), which has 26 rooms, a fine-dining restaurant, flower gardens lining a seasonal creek, a swimming pool and hot tub.
Along the highway in Fish Camp is Yosemite Big Creek Inn ( 641-2828, http://www.yosemiteinn.com. This bed-and-breakfast has three guest rooms next to a year-round creek. Another B&B in Fish Camp worth noting is the Tin Lizzie Inn, a Victorian-style inn where guests have a chance to drive an original Model T Ford ( 488-6877, http://www.tinlizzieinn.com).
Across the highway from the Tin Lizzie is Tenaya Lodge ( 514-2167, http://www.tenayalodge.com), a massive complex with a conference center and spa. It's the only Yosemite-area property outside the park operated by DNC.