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Tour code: 2402YNP
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.


  • 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

Sophie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great scenery

Amy J M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This trip was just breath taking... the sceneries were amazing... enjoyed hiking and how peaceful the surroundings were... we had a fabulous time... truly was wonderful being that in touch with nature....


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very enjoyable and amazing. The tour guide Ross was very knowledgeable and joyful. The views were spectacular. I am from Michigan and never thought I would see such giant trees in my life. The waterfall was spectacular.

Linda J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide, Ross, was great. He was friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and had a good sense of humor. It was a very long day but a very good day. So glad Ross was our guide.

Frederick J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great trip, long day, spectacular in many ways, good tour guide

Jeremy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Yosemite is unbelievably beautiful! El Kapitan is majestic and the valley is just jaw-dropping. It is a must-go!

Donna W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Had a wonderful time on this tour. Our tour guide Lars was the absolute best. Professional and fun all rolled into one. If I could be guaranteed to get him as I guide again I would book again the next time I am in San Francisco. Loved it and I am pretty sure everyone else on the tour did too.

Veronica N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The views were breathtaking and the guide was very knowledgeable.

Kapil B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent Tour. Our Guide was really good.

Grace L Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great tour but 13hrs is very long. Long and winding road, beautiful scenery with lots of rocky outcrops and waterfalls. Worth it but be prepared for a long day.

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