No Room Under The Stars
April 16, 2012 6:42 AM Subscribe
Combination astronomy/National Parks filter: Okay, I can't stay IN Yosemite Park in August, but I can stay near it. Can I still enter the park at 3 am to watch the Perseids? Or: what's another good but possibly lesser-known national park where I can stay and watch?
posted by EmpressCallipygos to Travel & Transportation around Yosemite Valley, CA (25 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I had romantic notions of staying for a couple nights in the Tuolomne Meadows lodge over the weekend of the Perseids so I could sneak out before dawn and get a great show. But just about everything in Yosemite is totally booked up solid through summer already.
However - I have stayed once before at a hostel/campground
a half-hour's drive away. So if I were to stay there, would they let me in the park to watch the shower during the wee hours even if I wasn't staying at an in-park lodging?
If not - is there another spectacular spot to meteor-watch where I could stay for cheap? Assume very limited camping experience (no backcountry experience), but also comfort with no-frills (the "tent cabins" at most national parks would be just fine, and I regularly stay at youth hostels) and a willingness to drive a bit to get from my hotel to the view spot.