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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:14 hours (approx.)

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

Discover the rugged beauty of the Sierra Nevada on this full-day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. Travel aboard a comfortable coach through historic Gold Rush towns to reach the park, where you’ll be amazed by supersized natural wonders like Yosemite Falls and the granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan. Take a guided hike among ancient sequoia trees, and enjoy several hours to explore the park’s wonders on your own.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Drive through gold rush towns to the scenic Sierra Nevada
  • Discover the Tuolumne Grove on a 1-hour hike
  • Stop at Inspiration Point for a photo op of Half Dome
  • Choose from a range of activities at Yosemite, including walking or exploring the Valley Visitor Center
  • Hear commentary from a guide about Yosemite's natural landmarks such as El Capitan
  • Pickup and drop-off from select San Francisco hotels

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

While in San Francisco, don't miss a day trip to explore Yosemite. Not having to drive yourself takes the stress out of visiting the park, leaving you able to enjoy Yosemite's splendor. Visit in the late spring or summer to ensure you also get to see the magnificent Tuolumne Grove.

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What You Can Expect

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

Giant Sequoias, California

One of the most-visited parks in the United States, Yosemite National Park is famed for its wild beauty and massive natural attractions. After morning pickup at your San Francisco hotel, cruise across the new San Francisco Bay Bridge and through historic Gold Rush towns as the urban bustle gives way to the rugged landscape of the Sierra Nevada.

When you arrive at the park, stretch your legs at Tuolumne Grove with an easy, 1-hour guided hike among some of the oldest and largest trees in the world (weather permitting). Crane your neck to see the top of the giant sequoia trees, including a tunneled-out tree large enough to drive a car through.

Continue on to Inspiration Point for an unbeatable view of Yosemite’s photogenic valley framed by the giant granite formations of Half Dome and El Capitan. Look for expert rock climbers trying to scale the world-class cliffs and, in springtime, watch the thundering cascade of Yosemite Falls. 

Enjoy 1–1.5 hours of free time to explore the park on your own. Rent a bike and cruise along the flat paths of Yosemite Valley (not included), hike to a nearby waterfall or visit the Ansel Adams Gallery to see some of the most famous images of the park ever captured on film. Lunch options include a picnic on the Merced River or a casual meal at the Yosemite Lodge (own expense). 
Reconnect with your guide at the appointed time, and relax on the scenic drive back to San Francisco. 

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, and other activities may be substituted.

Customer Reviews

Corsa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Amazing trip, the guide was great the views were spectacular, I enjoyed it so much that I want to go back again.

Diane F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Absolutely awesome. Scenery magnificent. Walking in snow was a different experience for me. The driver tour guide was very good and informative.

pauline n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Wow, what an awesome trip! Roman, the bus driver was a very funny, knowledgeable driver.He really contributed to the making of a great trip. Having been on a few tours whilst on my holiday- it's amazing the difference a good driver/tour guide makes. Yosemite is an amazing,picturesque place with plenty of photo opportunities to be had. We didn't get a chance to see the Giant Sequoias due to weather conditions- there had been heavy snow a few days before. The rest stop was also at an excellent location- with plenty of variety of food to choose from. It was a long day- but so definitely worth it . I would do this trip again with this company. Excellent day.

catyyy05

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Wonderful!!! The driver was very nice, informative and professional!

Jo-Anne H Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Had the German tour guide who was very entertaining. it was a wonderful day and hightly recommend it.

BOHWA K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was fantastic trip for my life!
Good Driver He was a very kind Driver!!!
I want to recommend this trip to other people

sanaa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was great and both the bus tour driver and tour guide were excellent

Kevin O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

GREAT TRIP,BEAUTIFUL PARK

Dwayne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Awesome. A long day which went by quickly. Yosemite didn't disappoint. I knew it was big but wow! our driver was great, very knowledgeable and friendly. Very glad I did this. Highly recommended.

katie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Kurt was absolutely fantastic! Though its a very early start/late finish/very long drive, this tour is absolutely worth it. It was absolutely incredible at this time. Snow was on the ground and everything was so beautiful.

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