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

Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco

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. Choose to start your time in Yosemite with a reserved lunch at the renown Ahwahnee Dining Room or head straight to the park to begin your adventure. Take a walking tour of the park with your knowledgeable guide or strikeout on your own. You'll have around four hours within Yosemite to explore the scenic wonders of Yosemite Valley.


  • 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

Begin your journey with hotel pickup by luxury bus or van complete with posh amenities like hardwood style floors in the bus. After crossing the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, you'll travel through the Great Central Valley and into the Sierra foothills, where the Forty-Niners panned for gold.

Following the beautiful Merced River to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, you'll enter Yosemite National Park. Glaciers cut through these mountains, forming the spectacular granite monuments you'll see throughout the park. There are many sights and activities to keep you occupied. Visit the Ansel Adams art gallery or rent a bike (own expense). Spend time at the visitor's center to learn more about this beautiful park or head to the ranger's station for engaging walks and talks. Watch basket-weaving and beading demonstrations in the Indian Village of Ahwahnee or take a stroll along the Merced River. You'll have approximately four hours to spend in the park.

If you select the lunch option, you'll enjoy a prearranged lunch at the famous Ahwahnee Dining Room before exploring the park. Lunch includes an Italian sandwich with potato salad and an ice cream dessert. After lunch, you'll rejoin your guide for a hike to the base of Yosemite Falls or you may choose to adventure on your own. You'll have approximately three hours to explore the park with or without your guide.

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

At 4 pm, reconvene and head back to San Francisco, driving through the Stanislaus National Forest, with a feeling of fulfillment having seen one of the worlds greatest wonders.

Customer Reviews

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.

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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.

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour, great guide had a fab time.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wonderful tour and great information was provided along the tour. Very interesting trip through a beautiful park. The trivia along the route was very informative and the driver was extremely nice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We couldn't have asked for a better day or tour guide! Ray was terrific - informative, funny, and caring. There were just enough stops along the way and once we were in Yosemite for breaks and photo ops to make the ride bearable, and plenty time in the park to get the sense of the wonder of it all without feeling we needed to do everything there was to do. Haven't had a bad experience with VIator tours yet!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Amazing tour! Definetly check out the Gaint sequoia's. Our tour guide Manny was great! Helpful, very knowledgable and full of comic gold! Some people say they have seen larger pieces of granite then el capitan.. No they haven't.

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