There isn’t a better way to describe the High Sierra than by simply calling it a natural playground. A place that re-kindles the inner child in all of us. From the biggest trees in the world to massive brooding peaks that seem to scrape the sky. And once the adventure is done, you’ll need to get a full night’s rest. A place that will restore you and get you ready to take on another day of fun. Here’s our list of High Sierra lodging that will make sure you come home happy, well-rested, and with stories to tell your friends.
Located on the lively and entertaining south shore of Lake Tahoe. This resort is the ONLY all-suite hotel on the southern portion of the lake. If visiting in the winter, you are mere steps away from the gondola lift at Heavenly. And in the warmer months, you’re only a ½ mile walk from the shores of big blue. Besides its casino corridor access, other amenities include three garden atriums, heated indoor pool, fitness center, & complimentary breakfast buffet.
Tucked in a forest meadow within the Yosemite National Park, these 120 cozy cabins & spacious luxury homes provide easy access to all the jaw-dropping attractions within the park but at the same time a respite from visitors. Situated at the base of the Chilnualna Falls and principal trailheads in the southern Yosemite Wilderness, it’s the perfect place to call basecamp as you delve into where John Muir found his calling into conservation.
Located centrally in what is called the breadbasket of the world due to the diversity of produce grown in the region, it is also a good halfway point between the Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Furthermore, you’re only a few minutes from the unique Mooney Grove Park. Donated by Hugh Mooney in 1909, his goal was to ensure the area’s well known Oak trees would be enjoyed for generations. The Wyndham Visalia features an indoor AND outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/café.
More than just a hotel, the Tenaya Lodge is a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation. Nestled deep in the Sierra Nevada, this luxurious hotel is only two miles from Yosemite National Park’s southern gate. As such, it provides easy access to the wondrous world of soaring cliffs, giant sequoia trees and thundering waterfalls. In addition to the normal features you’d find at a multi award-winning lodge, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the niceties to be had. This list includes daily guided nature hikes and nightly dine-in movies, just to name a couple.
If you do visit the High Sierra, please be sure to consider one of our lodging partners listed above. Each of them helps make sure California’s High Sierra alliance stays strong into the future. Or for those wanting to enjoy lodging from a bygone era, be sure to check out our historic lodges of the High Sierra article.