Opened in 1927, the Ahwahnee Hotel soon became as iconic as the natural wonders surrounding it. A recent trademark dispute prompted a change of the hotel’s name to the Majestic Yosemite, but all the stuff that made it legendary is still here.
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Trailheads that lead to El Capitan and Mirror Lake are minutes from the front door, the staff will set up climbing instruction with the world-class Yosemite Mountaineering School, and the dining room has floor-to-ceiling views of Glacier Point.
A 2010 renovation spruced things up a bit, but don’t worry: the boysenberry pie—on the menu for more than 50 years—will always remain. From $426.