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

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

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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 November 2015

It was the most amazing experience. The guide Tony was the best. Super humorous and highly informative. The place is a spectacle. Highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Informative trip and excellent knowledge of the guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

great trip. you need to experience Yosemite. Pictures do not do it justice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Brilliant trip! Carline and Anthony were very informative and friendly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Really enjoyed this long day out. Just wish I was told about all the heights and pure drops at the side of the roads. I was terrified when doing all the mountain driving. Beautiful scenery for most of the day. Excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour is highly recommended as it takes you to places that you would not know about if you were driving to Yosemite itself. Roman the tour guide was very knowledgeable and extremely enthusiastic and remained so during a very long day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

My expectations were really low as I had terrible experience before with tour companeis. But this one was amazing. The group managed to see all famous attractions, such as the water fall, El Capitan, the dome and other beautiful views of the park. The driver was very patient, funny and he gave us a chance to see the climbers on El Capitan as well.In the end of the trip and before we arrived in San francisco, he took us to treasure island where we could see the skyline of San francisco at night . Really enjoyed this tour. Thanks.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I enjoyed it very much it is the most favorite thing I did while in San Francisco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great trip. Saw lots, it's a long day but worth the early start

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