Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Frugal trip to Yosemite

I had a relative visit us recently and I took them to Yosemite a few weeks ago.
I was able to save on this last-minute getaway in several ways.

Instead of renting a car, we just used my trusty Corolla. The corolla performed well since snow had not fallen, it was a relatively nice 3 and a half hour drive to Yosemite. And since it was a short 2 day trip, we did not have to pack a lot. It also helped that the Corolla is a gas-sipper. I only had to fill up once before leaving, and once before coming home.

Another way we were able to save was going there during the off-peak season. I was able to book a room at the Yosemite Lodge for around $125 a night. This was a good deal since the Lodge is located in the park, and has a food court, restaurant, and stores right beside it. The room was comfy with lots of hot water to end the day. Timing is essential. If we were going during the summer, the room would have cost double that. The lodge just is a short hike to one of Yosemite's waterfalls, and we even saw some deer wandering the grounds.

Good weather was still to be found when we got there. The temps was in the upper 60's so it was enjoyable. So we were able to enjoy taking short hikes. I was amazed that the weather was so temperate at this time of the year.

Yosemite is so beautiful, and full of life. We saw groups of deer walking with their does. And we also saw a coyote.

On our second day, we just went to the supermarket in the park and bought a picnic lunch. Salads, and heated trays of BBQ chicken. And also fruits we bought from a roadside stand.

Enjoying Yosemite can be cheap and last-minute. As long as you keep an eye out and think frugally.


SF Money Musings said...

Another possibly cheaper option is staying in merced which is only about an hour from Yosemite I think. There are also tour buses that operate from Merced to Yosemite from the Amtrak station. If you combine with the san joaquin train specials, it could be cheaper than driving.

SavingDiva said...

I've never been to Yosemite, but I would love to go! Your trip sounded fantastic!