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

Escape to the mountains for two full days of hiking, sightseeing and exploring in the amazing natural wilderness of Yosemite National Park. On this overnight tour from San Francisco with a knowledgeable guide, trek through Yosemite Valley, explore the high country and marvel at giant sequoias, waterfalls and famous sites including Half Dome. Choose from a variety of activities, such as hiking, biking and swimming, and at the end of the day, relax in your provided accommodation in or near the park.

Likely to Sell Out: Rooms at the Yosemite Lodge sell out months in advance for the summer. Reserve early to avoid disappointment

Highlights

  • 2-day tour of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Explore spectacular Yosemite Valley and the high country, filled with giant sequoias, waterfalls and famous sites such as Half Dome
  • Enjoy several scenic tours and hikes with your knowledgeable guide
  • Choose from a variety of activities to enjoy on your own such as biking, hiking and swimming
  • Stay overnight at either Cedar Lodge or Yosemite Lodge
  • Round-trip hotel transport by comfortable van included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you can, opt for this two-day trip to Yosemite--there's so much to see! You'll get both a guided tour and plenty of free time to try activities on your own (check out mule riding). I recommend staying in the park at Yosemite Lodge, especially in springtime when the waterfalls are at their peak.

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What You Can Expect

2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco

2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco

You'll be picked up from San Francisco and taken on a comfortable 3-hour drive to Yosemite National Park. Your two days here are divided between the Yosemite Valley and the high country.

In the valley, explore and photograph famous highlights such as Yosemite Falls -- the tallest waterfall in North America -- El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall and Inspiration Point.

In Yosemite's high country, hike among the giant sequoias and venture to Glacier Point, offering stunning views. You can also choose to hike to the top of Sentinel Dome or Taft Point. In the late afternoon on your second day, relax on the drive back to San Francisco.

You can choose between two lodging options, inside or outside the park, and throughout your trip, your guide will teach you about the history of Yosemite and give you great advice on how to get the most out of your time in the park.

See the Itinerary below for more details.

Itinerary

Day 1: San Francisco -- Yosemite National Park
Leave San Francisco behind and cross the Bay Bridge, offering amazing views of Alcatraz Island and Angel Island. Cruise through Oakland, the East Bay and on to Central Valley to stop for groceries (own expense). Travel through Gold Country and the Sierra Nevada Foothills.

Arrive at Yosemite National Park after approximately 3 hours and hike down to the giant sequoia trees for a picnic lunch. After lunch, enjoy a fully narrated 1.5-hour tour through Yosemite's glaciated valley with your guide, and admire the waterfalls and rock formations.

In the afternoon, head to Yosemite Falls, where you'll have the choice of activities including a walk to the base of the falls, time at the main visitor's center, swimming, biking or hiking.

Regroup and head to your selected accommodation for dinner. At Cedar Lodge, situated near the picturesque Merced River, enjoy time to relax by the river and hang out in the pub. Enjoy private beach access and take advantage of the indoor and outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.

At Yosemite Lodge, located in the park at the foot of Yosemite Falls, the scenery is nearly unbeatable. This lodge embraces the beauty of the wilderness that is certain to be a highlight of your visit.

Overnight: Cedar Lodge or Yosemite Lodge in/near Yosemite National Park

Day 2: Yosemite National Park -- San Francisco
Have breakfast (included), pack up and drive to Glacier Point for views of Yosemite Valley. Here, you have the option to hike back to the valley or return in the biodiesel mini-coach and enjoy a full day of hiking, biking or lounging by the river.

Stop for a bite to eat (own expense) on the way home. Enjoy the San Francisco skyline as you cross the Bay Bridge and return to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The two day tour to the Yosemite National Park really exceeded my expectation. Our tour guide Brian was awesome. He was very knowledgeable about the park and took us to see many beautiful places in the park. He even shared his binoculars, the photos and videos he took from the park, and more importantly his passion for great scenery with us. The size of our tour group, 12 total, also made us nimble and be able to see more places than those in larger tour buses.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

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