Tiny huts, luxury cabins, cute A-Frames, glamping tents under millions of stars…
There are some really cool Airbnbs and cabins here… Yosemite National Park is one of my favorite places on the planet. There is something so magical about this park – you’ll see what I mean when you get there.
And while the park will absolutely be your trip’s highlight, I think it’s really important to have an amazing vacation rental to come back to at the end of a long day. A hotel or cabin can totally be a destination in itself, too. So I hunted down all the coolest, best, most magical Yosemite Airbnb and cabins for you!
10 Hip Yosemite Airbnbs & Cabins For A Magical National Park Trip
I judge cool Airbnb rentals based on the style/decor, price, location, past guest reviews, amenities and overall ~vibes~. If the property is worth the drive along, then I want to book it. (Otherwise, I’ll usually opt for hotels.)
These are all the best Airbnb Yosemite National Park rentals. These are all places I have either stayed at personally, had trusted friends stay at or spots I have bookmarked on my bucket list.
My Favorite Hotels Inside Park Gates
If you are visiting Yosemite Valley during the warmer months (late spring-fall) you simply must stay at Curry Village / Half Dome Village. These are glamping tents right in the heart of the valley!! You wake up under Glacier Point with the park right there outside your tent.
The most annoying thing about visiting the most popular national park in California (and maybe the United States) is that the drive-in can be very long if you don’t time it right. So if you’re up for glamping, book a couple of nights at Curry Village so you can skip all the hassle of the commute and just ~ be one with nature~ You can’t find Yosemite lodging more authentic than this spot.
If you’re looking for Yosemite hotels, I highly recommend Tenaya Lodge outside South Gate, especially if you are visiting in December as they go all out for Christmas with a tree in the lobby and ice skating rink!
Are There Any Airbnb Yosemite Valley Rentals?
Nope – there aren’t any Airbnbs that you can rent directly in the valley. You have to book an Airbnb near Yosemite National Park instead, which is what this list is curated for! The only exception are the handful of Airbnb Yosemite West cabins, which are in a little group of vacation rentals inside the park gate (but still a long drive from the Valley.)
There is the highly-rated Airbnb Yosemite Tree House here in this cluster, but otherwise, this area has no restaurants, gas, etc and is a far drive to get to anything of interest in the park. You’ll have to be committed to cooking all your meals or driving at least 1 hour each way to get food if you stay here. But the trade-off is you will be inside the gates, which can cut down on time in the mornings if you are planning on doing a lot of hiking in Yosemite.
What’s The Best Yosemite Entrance? North, West or South?
Groveland (North), Mariposa (West) and Oakhurst (South) are the three main gates. Most Airbnb close to Yosemite will be around one of these three towns. I recommend booking Airbnbs close to Yosemite gates so you can cut down on your time driving into the park as
This is probably super subjective and let me be clear when I say that you’ll have a blast exploring the park no matter which entrance you choose to make home base. That being said, Mariposa ( Yosemite West Entrance) and Oakhurst (Yosemite South Gate) are my preferred entrances.
This is because from the Bay Area, the road up to Groveland (Yosemite North Gate) has tons of hairpin turns and I get car sick. I’m also more familiar with Oakhurst and Mariposa and think those towns offer more fun things to do (think craft breweries, cute shops, additional recreation, etc.)
I hope this helps you find some great vacation rentals for your group! I love Yosemite park and no matter what you’ll have fun when visiting, but your trip will be 100% better if you have a unique cabin to come back to after a long day exploring the trails and sights.
If your favorite Yosemite Airbnb or cabin isn’t on this list, please drop the link below so everyone can see!! If you have any questions about things to do in Yosemite or something specific about these Yosemite cabin rentals, drop a comment or DM on Instagram @thewhimsysoul and I’ll be happy to help!