Located about 200 miles east of San Francisco in central California, Yosemite is open year-round. Though it’s most visited in the summer, waterfalls are at their peak in the spring, and fall is a fantastic time of year to see the leaves change colors. Winter is cold and snowy, but the park is quiet and there are an abundance of outdoor adventures. Some roads and entrance gates may be closed seasonally because of snow. Bus service is available to the park and a free shuttle is available within some areas of the park. Yosemite Village is the hub of amenities, including restaurants and hotels, and is the location of the main visitor center. Black bears live in Yosemite—proper food storage is required by law.