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It’s a fantastic place to visit and stay. I’ll post links down below. What I’ll say is try and plan your trip in early to mid May, generally before Memorial Day weekend (last weekend in May). You’ll have all the waterfalls at full force and the park won’t be quite as crowded. Be sure to spend several days as there is plenty to see. The Mariposa Grove with the giant sequoia, Glacier Point overlooking the Valley, naturally Yosemite Valley and all its attractions, and then up along Tioga Road (Tuolumne Meadows, Tenya Lake, Clouds Rest). There really is a lot to explore and enjoy.
As far as where to stay in the valley, that can be difficult unless you plan very far in advance or have deep pockets. At the time I made plans for my trip, it was still 3-4 months before the trip and the only thing left to rent was tent cabins in Camp Curry for $99/night.
(My tent – http://i.imgur.com/8Z7QiiD.jpg)
While there is certainly an appeal to being able to role out of bed and be right in the middle of the valley, I’d consider staying outside the valley or even outside the park. I got to Yosemite earlier than expected on my trip and I spent a few nights in Oakhurst, which is just south of the park entrance. It’s a nice little town with several chain hotels, which were roughly half the price of what paid in Yosemite. The town is only about 40 miles from the valley floor, but with the nature of the roads, it’s about an hour to get into the valley. You could fly into Fresno and head due north to get there.
Other towns on the outskirts of the park, like Mariposa are also nice.
The official NPS link for Yosemite is full of useful information/guides/etc. If you plan your trip for anytime other than late spring, summer, or early fall be mindful of the Glacier Point Rd and Tioga Rd closures. With those closed you’ll be mostly limited to the Valley.
NPS website – http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm
The company that runs all of Yosemite’s lodging and concessions (Delaware North) has a single website for all your in-park hotel/campsite bookings. I believe another company has recently been awarded that contract, so the website may change, but for now it still works.
Official lodging website – http://www.yosemitepark.com
I mentioned this website in another comment, but I’ll include it again as it has a lot of good information on the various hikes you can take all over the park. It includes ratings for ease of hike, crowd potential, and scenic views. I found it very helpful planning my trip.
Hike website – http://www.yosemitehikes.com/
The Yosemite Conservancy is a group that has been funding grants to support the park for over 90 years. Their website has tons of information about the park and also includes live webcams. If you’re not at information overload at this point, a great site to check out.
Yosemite Conservancy – http://www.yosemiteconservancy.org
Finally… just go to Youtube. Yosemite has their own official channel and series of great videos (Yosemite Nature Notes). But with the explosion of GoPro cameras and etc, there are tons of great Yosemite videos out there.
Yosmite’s offical Youtube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwkUF9h5au_mbn0gXK3n8kg
End of the day, Yosemite is a wonderful place that everyone should experience at some point in their life. I know that ever since I got back from my trip last year, I’ve been thinking of ways to get back ever since. I hope you get the chance to visit and I hope you enjoy your stay!