Directions, Location, Hotel Charlotte, Yosemite

We invite you to come stay with us at the Historic Hotel Charlotte
Hotel Charlotte is centrally located in downtown Groveland on California highwayh 120, just 24 miles west of Yosemite National Park. We are only 3 hours from San Fransisco, 2 1/2 from Sacramento and 5 1/2 from Los Angeles.

From the North or West (San Fransisco Area)
Follow I-580 east to 205, a short span of 5 and 99 to Manteca. Then follow highway 120 to Groveland and Yosemite Park.

From the South
From the south the online mapping companies continue to recommend exiting highway 99 at Fresno to 41 to 49—We do not think this is a good plan unless you are test driving a Porsche and want to experience the curves and cliff edges of the foothills for a thrilling ~60 miles. Instead, stay on 99 north to 120 east for a far less heart-wrenching route.

Priest Grade Roads
The final approach to Groveland includes a ride up Priest Grade. You’ll be given two choices, left (Highway 120 – New Priest Grade) or right (Old Priest Grade) up the canyon. Many folks recommend up the old, down the new, keeping the passenger always on the inside of the hill. Very polite!

  • New Priest Grade: This is Highway 120 and is 6 miles and very curvy. In the East bound direction (uphill) the passenger will be sitting on the outside of the hill, overlooking the edge. Busses and trucks use this route. It tends to flow at somewhere between 20 and 30 miles per hour.
  • Old Priest Grade: This is a narrow country road, not a State Highway and is half the curves of New Priest Grade, a third the distance, very steep at three times the pitch and flows at 20-25 miles per hour or less. Weight restrictions.