Yosemite is open all year, though some areas are inaccessible by car from about November to May due to snow. You can drive your car into and around Yosemite, though we encourage you to use shuttles in some areas.
San Francisco/Bay area, distance: 195 mi (314 km). Time: 4-5 hours
Sacramento, distance: 176 mi (283 km). Time: 4 hours
Reno & Lake Tahoe, June – October conditions permitting, distance: 218 mi (351 km) (Reno). Time: 5 hours
Los Angeles area, distance: 313 mi (504 km). Time: 6 hours
San Diego area, distance: 441 mi (710 km). Time: 8 hours
Las Vegas, June – October conditions permitting, distance: 400 mi (642 km). Time: 8 hours
Death Valley National Park, June – October, distance: 270 mi (435 km). Time: 5 hours
Yosemite Valley meadow with pleasant short walks (and our campervan in the photo), the start of a bike track and a good early place to stop and unload bikes or walking shoes before the central traffic chaos begins. We camped in the woods high above the valley.