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

Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco

Visit Yosemite National Park on this escape-from-the-city day trip from San Francisco. Upon arrival in the state's most famous national park, opt to sit down for an elegant lunch in the Ahwahnee Hotel's Dining Room or skip straight to the park to begin exploring.. Follow your knowledgeable guide on a walking tour of the area or discover the park's charms on your own during your 4 hour stay. Round-trip transportation from selected San Francisco hotels is included. 

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Admire the views on a scenic drive through the Great Central Valley of California
  • Relax and explore the park independently or engage in a guided hike
  • Opt for a prearranged lunch at the famous Ahwahnee Dining Room
  • FREE wireless on board tour vehicle
  • Accompanied by expert guide, in addition to driver

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Yosemite is a must-see and this day trip gives you both a guided tour and time on your own for a full experience. Having lunch in the lovely and posh Ahwanee restaurant is certainly a treat and having it ready when you get there is a real time saver leaving you with more time to enjoy Yosemite.

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What You Can Expect

Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco

Visit Yosemite National Park, California

After pickup at your hotel in San Francisco (select hotels only), board your luxury vehicle for the trip to Yosemite National Park. Onboard the bus or van, cross the Bay Bridge and travel through the Central Valley into the foothills of the Sierra. 

Upon arrival at Yosemite, choose how you want to spend your time. Rent a bike (own expense) to cruise the valley floor, visit the Ansel Adams Gallery or hit up the rangers' station for informative lectures and guided walks. Peruse the Indian Village of Ahwahnee or stroll along the banks of the Merced River. Without a stop for lunch, you'll have 4 hours to explore.

If you select the lunch option, sit down to an elegant midday meal of an Italian sandwich, potato salad and ice cream in the famous Ahwahnee Dining Room. After lunch, you'll have 3 hours to tour the park. Meet your guide for a hike to the base of Yosemite Falls or explore on your own. 

Meet back at the bus at 4pm to return to San Francisco. 

Itinerary

Highlights on your Yosemite National Park day trip include:

  • San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge
  • Sierra Nevada Range
  • El Capitan
  • Bridalveil Falls
  • Vernal Falls
  • Merced River
  • Yosemite Falls
  • Cathedral Spires
  • Half Dome

Customer Reviews

Clinton K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Day trip to Yosemite was fantastic, our tour guides name was Doug. He seemed very knowledgable of the area and had been doing the tours since the early nineties. Would recommend this tour to anyone. Absolutely breathtaking views!

Debra L D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The tour information is not clear enough so far as you only have 2 hours on the ground to wander around. You commence the trip at 6:30, enter the park at 11am, but do not get off the bus until 1pm. You are due back at 3pm to return to SF. Next time I would stay at least overnight, if not longer. Having said that, I do not regret doing this tour. The scenery is breathtaking beautiful, we thoroughly enjoyed our two hours, but the drive there and back is long and tedious. Stunningly beautiful park.

Linda T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Exceptional trip. We had a perfect day and saw Yosemite at its best, which worlds can't discrib the natural beauty of place. the driver Antonio was very informative . Organisation of trip went well with pick up and delivery all done without a hitch. Would thoroughly recommend

Mrs R C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Be prepared for a long day if you take this trip as it is four and a half hours on the coach each way. That said, it was worth every minute of it. Yosemite is absolutely breathtaking and we were lucky enough to see it with bright blue skies and sunshine, with a dusting of snow .... totally magical. Our driver was Manny and he had a wealth of knowledge to share with us and knew all the best places to pull over to take photos. He was friendly too and made the day hugely enjoyable. Would thoroughly recommend this trip.

Nick United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Everything about this tour was great. Obviously Yosemite is just beyond description. The tour was fantastic, the driver excellent and knowledgeable. The journey doesn't seem to take that long because of the interesting commentary from the driver/guide and the changing scenery along the way. I will definitely do this again if I get the chance.

Henry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

absolutely amazing to go in SFO

magnificent natural park and a refreshing place for all workaholics to relax and enjoy

would highly recommend to stay overnight coz it's too big to walk around n take photos..... and the starry night must be unforgettable......i'm regretting not to stay for a night at least

the driver/ tour guide was so funny and informative. everyone in the tour enjoyed very much

O K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I am very happy with this trip, excellent trip!!

Antonio R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

On Day 3, we went to Yosemite National Park 140 per person. This is a very early rise as the trip is about 4.5 hours to get there. This is for nature lovers and the big attraction here is the famous Half Dome. On the way back to the city, we stopped at Treasure Island.

donata

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour, great guide had a fab time.

Jane F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The trip was great! Our driver/tour guide was very informative, and the bus was comfortable. We were able to see a lot of the great scenic views of the park while on the bus and were able to stop and get photos. Once the driver dropped us off for the 3 hours of exploration, my daughter, her friend and I enjoyed climbing the rocks of Yosemite Falls. I just wish we had more time to explore the other attractions of the park.

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