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

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

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. See giant sequoias of the Sierra Nevada and discover the raw beauty of California's most famous national park, including a scenic stop at Inspiration Point to see Half Dome and El Capitan.


  • Full-day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Drive through gold rush towns to the scenic Sierra Nevada
  • Discover the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias 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 Mariposa Grove of 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'll cross the San Francisco Bay Bridge en route to the Sierra Nevada mountain range, driving through gold rush towns as your guide carries you back to the era of the old West.

In the late morning, enter Yosemite National Park where you'll take a guided walk. Visit the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (weather permitting) and be amazed by the size of the redwood trees in Yosemite's largest grove. Let the serene surroundings of the forest recharge your energy. Stop at the “Fallen Monarch” and "Grizzly Giant" and walk through the “California Tunnel Tree” to get a close-up look at Mother Nature's wonders.

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 massive granite formations of Half Dome and El Capitan, watch for rock climbers as they daringly make their way to the summit. In the springtime, marvel at the tallest waterfall in the park, Yosemite Falls.

After, you may explore Yosemite Valley on your own. For lunch, enjoy a picnic next to the Merced River or visit one of the restaurants at Yosemite Lodge (own expense). With an additional 1 – 1.5 hours of free time to spend, you can engage in a variety of activities available within the park. Hike to one of Yosemite's waterfalls and perhaps spot a black bear; rent bikes for a leisurely cycle on the flat bike paths throughout the valley; cool off in lovely river pools in summer; or simply relax at the Valley Visitor Center or peruse the Ansel Adams Gallery — sure to inspire any amateur photographer.
When it's time to head back to San Francisco, sit back and enjoy the scenic ride through the Sierra Nevada 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 2015

Great commentator driver on the trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was well worth the money. Getting picked up and dropped off at the hotel was worth the extra money . The bus driver was a great tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderful trip. Yosemite is beautiful!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Although this tour was far, it was all worth it. I haven't seen trees this huge!!! They were jaw dropping. I am glad I went to see this amazing creation. Mother Nature at its best!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent trip and guide/bus driver.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Yosemite was one of the many highlights of our trip. Booking thru Viator was definitely the right way to see this natural wonder. Our guide Ross was amazing. He was an awesome navigator all the way there and back teaching us the rich history of the state. We got to relax and enjoy the breath taking scenery. We stopped for breakfast and lunch. Once in a lifetime trip for us!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very knowledgeable driver/guide which helped as we did not know anything about Yosemite and the drive to and from the park. The journey was long but expected.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A great day, tour guide was really knowledgeable and had a wonderful day planned with the day set out with some free time for us to enjoy Yosemite on our own.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent trip. Very early start but worth it. Beautiful scenery. Walk to Sequoias trees is down a steep walkway, but not as strenuous as guide suggested. We walked down at speed, saw first tree, took photo and walked back up at speed. The walk back up was difficult at times due to the steepness of the walkway. We walked for 20 mins down, took 25 mins walk back up at speed, had 15mins to spare back at bus. Wished we'd stayed longer at the bottom with the trees, but guide stressed if not back at bus, he would not wait!! So couldn't chance it. Rest of day was very relaxed, other walks were up to you how strenuous you wanted.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Vlad was an excellent driver and guide he was very informative on the drive to Yosemite, especially the history of Yosemite and agriculture in the Bay Area. He gave us ample time at each stop and was very considerate of our wants and needs for the entire day. I highly recommend this trip. It is an excellent way to see as much of Yosemite as possible with limited time.

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