My husband and I booked flights to San Francisco and will head to Yosemite NP the next day. April 26-29. We are highly considering booking Yosemite Valley Lodge but it’s so expensive! Much more than we anticipated. I found a few homes in El Portal we were thinking about renting but we read somewhere that once you enter the park, it’s about another hour drive to get to the valley to park and start hiking. Is this true? We do not want to have to drive 3+ hours and wait in traffic for 3 days in a row. Can someone advise because we’re planning on booking tomorrow before it gets booked up? Thanks all!