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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.

Tours & Tickets

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Yosemite Hiking Excursion

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Location: Yosemite, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $118.75

Guided Snowshoe Hike in Yosemite

Location: Yosemite, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $118.75

Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco

4 star rating: Recommended 209 Reviews

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 13 hours 30 minutes

From USD $139.99

Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Location: Yosemite, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $156.25

Private Tour: Yosemite Hike with Naturalist Guide

Location: Yosemite, California
Duration: 5 hours

From USD $156.25

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 978 Reviews

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 14 hours

From USD $157.00

Experience Yosemite: Beginner or Advanced Photography Lesson

Location: Yosemite, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $281.25

Yosemite Trip from San Francisco with Overnight Stay at Ahwahnee Hotel

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

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

From USD $299.00

2-Day Semi-Guided Tour of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 9 Reviews

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 days

From USD $362.00

2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 107 Reviews

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

From USD $422.00

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