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  • Hours: Open 24 hours every day
  • Admission: US$20 per car entrance fee

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is the Taj Mahal of national parks and packs in acres of jaw-dropping beauty. But no matter how crowded Yosemite is, just lift your eyes ever so slightly above the people and you’ll feel your heart instantly moved by the park's unrivaled splendors.

Marvel at the majestic profile of Half Dome, climb the mighty mecca that is El Capitan, or hike into Tuolumne Grove, where gigantic, stunning Sequoia’s surround you. Immerse yourself in the drenching mists of Yosemite Falls, the gemstone lakes of the high country’s subalpine wilderness, and Hetch Hetchy’s pristine pathways.

There are walking trails everywhere, flat and steep, short and long, waterfalls to see, and beautiful swimming spots on the river. There are bike trails throughout the valley, dead flat, and on a hot day mainly off the roads and under the forest cover; the coolest spot to be.

In the middle of the valley, flat green meadows flanked by tall stands of trees surrounded by the most amazing rock faces unfold in every direction. Here you’ll find the Visitor’s Center, which is handy if you want to stock up on water, find a bathroom, or maybe just seek out some shade.

Practical Info

Yosemite is accessible year-round from the west (via Highways 120 W and 140) and south (Highway 41) and in summer also from the east (via Highway 120 E). After crossing the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, you'll travel through the Great Central Valley and into the Sierra foothills. Following the beautiful Merced River to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, you'll enter Yosemite National Park. Roads are plowed in winter but snow chains may be required at any time.

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Yosemite Yoga Hike

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite while exploring your inner peace on this Yosemite yoga hike. Take an easy or moderate hike to a serene lake and ...  Read more

Location: Yosemite, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $75.00

Best Yosemite Hiking Excursion

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Outdoor enthusiasts of every fitness and experience level can enjoy this amazing Yosemite hiking excursion. Choose from a beginner, intermediate, moderate, ...  Read more

Location: Yosemite, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $118.75

Guided Snowshoe Hike in Yosemite

Explore the winter trails of Yosemite on a snowshoe hike for a truly memorable experience in this pristine wilderness! With easy-to-follow techniques and ...  Read more

Location: Yosemite, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $118.75

Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco

4 star rating: Recommended 184 Reviews

Get out of town! Exchange the big-city charms of San Francisco for the fresh air and natural beauty of Yosemite, California's most famous national park. ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 13 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $139.99

Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

See Yosemite National Park on an outing that combines short easy hikes with outdoor education–great for children and adults alike! Spend quality time with your ...  Read more

Location: Yosemite, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $156.25

Private Tour: Yosemite Hike with Naturalist Guide

This private tour of Yosemite National Park takes you on a 5-hour nature excursion, led by a local naturalist guide. Depending on your preferences and the ...  Read more

Location: Yosemite, California
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $156.25

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 891 Reviews

Take time out for a day trip into the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. You'll spend 5-6 hours inside the park with a combination of ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $157.00

Best Guided Half Dome Hike

For hiking enthusiasts, the trek to Yosemite’s Half Dome is a rite of passage — one that many hikers prepare for with training. Take the strenuous challenge on ...  Read more

Location: Yosemite, California
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $193.75

Experience Yosemite: Beginner or Advanced Photography Lesson

Step into the shoes of Ansel Adams, Charles Weed, Carlton Watkins and Edward Weston during a basic or advanced photography lesson in magnificent Yosemite ...  Read more

Location: Yosemite, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $281.25

Yosemite Trip from San Francisco with Overnight Stay at Ahwahnee Hotel

Enjoy the flexibility to explore Yosemite National Park at leisure with an overnight stay at the park's ultra-luxurious Ahwahnee Hotel from San Francisco. ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2days/1night

From USD $299.00

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