Originally Posted by shook sez
Any tips on where to stay near the park.
What's the traffic like? I'm planning to be there midweek, not on the weekends.
Anything I need to know?
Midweek traffic is pretty light. If you're going to stay in the park, make reservations early. Last year would be good. (Sometimes they get cancellations though.) There really aren't a lot of places to stay in the park unless you camp, and even then you need reservations unless you're going to hike in a ways.
I've stayed several times in Lee Vining, at the East end of 120. It's just a few miles outside the park, but pretty far from the valley. Also, if you drive through to Lee Vining you're really going to hate not having the bike... anyway, reservations help there if you don't want to end up in trashy little cabins, but you can make them same day midweek with no problem. Mono lake is worth a visit.
I've only stayed once in the El Portal area, which has much better access to the valley. I remember a bunch of travelodge type places along 140 there, not much to see from the hotels.
A month is a long time to spend in Yosemite, unless you're backpacking or something. If you feel like branching out, Mammoth is a nice little mountain town. Lake Tahoe area is always good for a break too, and there's stuff to see on all the passes (120, 108, 4, 88/89) but again these are a lot more fun on the bike.
Get a trailer and bring the bike with you...