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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 2015

Excellent, friendly guide, who told us a lot of interesting stories on the way to the park. Some stops were quite too short / just enough time to make some selfies... We would like to have more time to enjoy Yosemite Valley. Definitely worth the trouble, but keep in mind it's a long way from/to San Francisco.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide, Frank, was wonderful. He made sure everybody had pictures taken with the beautiful sceneries behind them.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour fantastic scenery
Guide Garett was very informative and helpful

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was a long drive, but the time went by quickly as the tour guide was talking telling us about the trip and other interesting facts. The scenery was amazing, well worth the time on the bus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Anthony was the best tour guide! He was lively, fun, and full of interesting facts as he did everything he could to ensure that we had a great time! I'm recommending this tour to my friends!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Awesome!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Yosemite is an awesome place to visit. Our bus driver and tour guide was the absolute best. He made the day even more special.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic scenery, great guide and a great crew on the trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I was extremly lucky to have Anthony from the UK as a guide. I've read about him before so when I found out he would be our guide I knew the trip would be a blast and indeed it was. It was a well organised day, pick up on time and we didn't miss a thing. Anthony went out of his way to make sure we had the best day. The information he gave was very good, well prepared and I loved the way he synced the music to our travel locations. Anthony - cheers for this. The trip was brilliant! I hope to see you again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent day tour! Our guide was great- very informative, good personality and showed us a lot in a short amount of time.

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