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Gateways to Yosemite: Places to Stay Outside the Park

If you want a small inn or inexpensive motel for your visit to Yosemite, consider staying outside the park proper and driving in each day. Here are some great accommodations located in towns near both the west and south entrances to the park, as well as restaurants and other useful stops nearby.

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Gateways to the Grand Canyon: Places to Stay in Canyon Country

Grand Canyon National Park, especially its South Rim, has some of the best accommodations in the entire national park system, but it’s not always possible to get reservations. Using a nearby town as a base for a visit to the canyon can open up excellent deals. These gateways are often interesting in their own right and deserving of some attention from travelers.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman has always viewed growing up in Northern California as both a blessing and curse. There is so much to see, do, and experience all within a short drive—from broad sequoias in the Sierras to ancient lava beds north of Mount Shasta, from creaky Gold Rush towns to the pampering Wine Country—that she began to wonder why anyone would ever leave.

Elizabeth was eventually lured out of the Golden State to Alaska’s far north, where she traveled the Inside Passage, baked bread under the midnight sun in Denali National Park, and chronicled the state’s burgeoning sustainable agriculture for Alaska Magazine. These adventures culminated in penning the travel guide InsightGuides: Alaska.

But Elizabeth knew her California roots were too deep to stay away for long. Raised in Carmel, where her great-great grandmother opened the first restaurant (a soup kitchen with dirt floors!) at the turn of the 20th century, she would always call California home. So she returned and devoted herself to writing about the state she loves most. Her work has included the travel guides SmartGuide: San Francisco and InsightGuides: San Francisco, as well as reporting on food and sustainable agriculture for local publications.

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman is the author of several Moon travel guides, including Moon California and Moon Napa & Sonoma.