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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

Tansel A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016


Katherine P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This trip was amazing, the tour guide was on point....

Corbin K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was the best way to see Yosemite in just a day. Roman, the guide was fantastic.

Jose R S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was excellent. The tour guide was very informative and engaging. Yosemite was very beautiful. My wife and I wish we had more time over there.

Maureen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very long day 16 hours in total
Amazing guide driver called Ross he was awesome
Fantastic scenery supported with very good westher

Kathleen K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our guide was very professional but at the same time very friendly. It seemed like we were on a custom tour with a friend, even though we were a group of about 30. I would definitely use this tour company for future trips

Jennifer P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was great - it was a very long day, but the stops along the way helped to break things up. The weather was perfect, the tour guide was knowledgeable, and the scenery was unbelievable.

Ivy Chan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour guide was really responsible and organized. Had a great day at Yosemite and saw most of the scenic points! The tour guide even drove us to Treasure Island to take a really nice night view of SF towards the end of the tour!

Mattia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Wonderful experience!

Rose A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour!

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