Yosemite - stay in park or outside gate?
Our family is planning our first trip to Yosemite for spring break next year. We have a nine-year old and a four-year old. I heard that the park lodging books quickly so I recently made a reservation for a room at the Yosemite Valley Lodge. We thought about staying in the canvas tents, but decided against it after considering having to use common bathrooms at a busy time of year. Now I've spent some time reading reviews of the Valley Lodge, and it actually sounds fairly unpleasant - dirty rooms, terrible parking situation, mice in rooms, and bedbugs! I'm not that picky, and we are used to basic lodging, but for $300 a night this sounds pretty unpleasant. It seems like for a similar price, we could stay just outside the gate of the park, have a nicer and cleaner room with more amenities and even access to a heated pool. Although I wanted to avoid a long drive into the park each day, I'm reconsidering. Would love advice and recommendations!