Yosemite in One Day

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Yosemite National Park is massive--you can easily spend a week hiking, biking, climbing, rafting and exploring. However, if you only have a day, make the most of it and hit these highlights.

Stop at the Tunnel View overlook on your way in to Yosemite Valley; it’s the quintessential welcome and a great perspective of some of the major sights that you’ll encounter during your day.

Head to Mirror Lake early to beat the crowds and hopefully catch some residual sunrise effects on the reflection of Half Dome and Mount Watkins. If it's later in the summer or early fall, skip Mirror Lake; when the water is low, it's decidedly less impressive.

As you have limited time, consider taking the narrated, two-hour tour, which gives you descriptions and history of Yosemite Valley's famous landmarks. If you're more interested in a self-guided tour, rent a bicycle at Curry Village or use the free Valley Shuttle Bus to explore the east end of the valley. Be sure to disembark at stop #6 to hike to the base of Lower Yosemite Falls.

Pop into Majestic Yosemite Hotel for a look at how the other half "camped" in the national park. Marvel at the views of Yosemite Falls from the dining room and remember how the spray hit your face. If you have time, sign up for the free tour to learn more about this historic hotel.

If you still have a bit of time, stop into the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center for an overview of the park's natural history and geology; peruse the Ansel Adams Gallery to view his many photographic love letters to the area; learn about Yosemite's Native American history and culture at the Yosemite Museum.

End your day at Glacier Point. A popular spot for sunset viewing and stargazing (Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir camped here), Glacier Point will provide a picture that serve as the ultimate memento, spanning Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and the majesty of the Sierra Nevada.
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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

Discover the rugged beauty of the Sierra Nevada on this full-day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. Travel aboard a comfortable van 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 hike among ancient sequoia trees, and enjoy several hours to explore the park’s wonders on your own.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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US$171.00
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco

Visit Yosemite National Park on this day trip from San Francisco. Upon arrival in the state's most famous national park have lunch (at own expense) or skip straight to the park to begin exploring. Follow your guide on a walking tour of the area or discover the park's charms on your own during your 4-hour stay. Pickup from select San Francisco hotels is included.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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Yosemite Hiking Excursion

Explore the stunning trails of Yosemite National Park on this guided hiking excursion. Select a specific hike for your skill level, with options ranging from beginner to strenuous, and enjoy the views from Glacier Point, Sentinel Dome, El Capitan, Half Dome and more. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of this renowned landscape as you hike in the fresh air. An experienced guide will provide insightful commentary along the way.
  • Duration: Flexible
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Yosemite Day Hike from Glacier Point Including Panorama Trail

Explore Yosemite National Park on this day hike from Glacier Point. Led by an expert guide, hear about the park’s natural features as you journey past three famous waterfalls: Vernal Fall, Illilouette Fall and Nevada Fall. Take in stunning views of Half Dome after a shuttle ride to Glacier Point and, from there, begin a moderately strenuous 8.5-mile trek on foot. Travel down to the valley floor and soak up the scenery of the Panorama and Mist Trails. This small group tour runs from May to October.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Yosemite Hike with Naturalist Guide

Discover Yosemite National Park on a private, 5-hour tour with a naturalist guide, and customize your day to your fitness level and interests. Walk through meadows that explode into a profusion of wildflowers, and spot the monkey flowers, lupine and Indian paintbrush that ignite the High Sierra. Birdwatchers can hunt for the park’s 265 bird species at a series of diverse habitats, listen for the calls of vireos and tanagers, and watch for the sharp-shinned hawks and peregrine falcons that soar high above the Yosemite Valley.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Yosemite Yoga Hike

This unique, unforgettable yoga hike is perfect for all skill and experience levels, even beginners. On this excursion you'll explore your inner peace while experiencing the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite. Enjoy your journey to a peaceful lake to learn about the history of Vinyasa Flow before settling onto your mat for an enriching session with a master yoga instructor. Fluid poses and gentle breathing techniques are the focus of this yoga practice; you'll be especially inspired in the incredible surroundings.
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