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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  14 hours (approx.)
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 guided hikes, breathtaking vistas and free-time to explore on your own. Enjoy the beautiful countryside and discover the raw beauty of California's most famous national park.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Drive through the scenic Sierra Nevada and gold rush towns
  • Discover the Giant Sequoias on a 1-hour hike
  • Choose from a range of activities at Yosemite, including walking or relaxing at the visitors center
  • Expert guide and commentary
  • Pickup and drop-off from select San Francisco hotels

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

While in San Francisco, definitely take a day to explore Yosemite. Not having to drive yourself takes the stress out of visiting the park, leaving you more relaxed and able to enjoy Yosemite's splendor. Visit in the late spring or summer to ensure you also get to see the magnificent giant sequoias.

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What You Can Expect

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

Giant Sequoias, California

Your journey begins with a convenient pickup at your hotel. You will cross the San Francisco Bay Bridge and travel through the Serra Nevada mountain range. As you drive through old gold rush towns your guide will carry you back to the times of the old West.

In the late morning you will enter Yosemite National Park. Take a walk and visit a grove of Giant Sequoia Trees (weather permitting). Be amazed by the size of the trees and let the calm and relaxing surroundings of this magical place recharge your energy. Stop at the “Fallen Giant” and walk through the “Tunnel Tree” to get a close up look at Mother Nature’s miracles.

Continue your journey through Yosemite with a stop at Inspiration Point for a bird’s-eye view of the whole valley. Gaze up at the huge stone formations of Half Dome and El Capitan, watch for base jumpers or climbers as they daringly make their way to the top or the bottom. In the springtime, marvel at the tallest waterfall in North America, Yosemite Falls.

After, you may explore the park on your own. For lunch, enjoy a picnic next to the Merced River or visit one of the restaurants at Yosemite Lodge (at your expense). Engage in a variety activities available within the park--you'll have an additional 1-1.5 hours to spend at Yosemite National Park. Hike to one of Yosemite's waterfalls, rent bikes for a leisurely cycle on the flat bike paths throughout the valley, cool off in lovely river pools in summer, spot a black bear or simply relax at the visitors center, with museums, restaurants and the Ansel Adams Gallery to inspire every amateur photographer--there's something for everyone.
When it's time to head back to San Francisco, sit back and enjoy the scenic ride down the Sierra Nevada's and into the sunset.

Please note: The weather in Yosemite is highly variable and includes rain and snow in winter and high temperatures in summer. The itinerary may be adapted to make the most of Yosemite during different seasons and times of the year.

The Giant Sequoias are best visited between May and October. During the rest of the year, snow and ice conditions may prevent access to roads and trails. In this event, other activities may be substituted in its place.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed the well organised trip! beautiful scenery..

Maja J
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Absolutely wonderful trip, hotel pick-up and drop off was right on schedule, our driver was very friendly and overall it was an amazing day. We stopped at some beautiful spots for lookouts and great photo opportunities.

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