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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco

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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 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.
  • 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 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 Travelers Choose This Tour

Get an intro hike to Tuolumne Grove and an optional picnic lunch with this tour.
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 (do not pick up at all SF hotels), 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 a 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 some 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.

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Phillip Australia
, Nov 2019
The pick up was on time,although the driver was a little scruffy and the seats on the bus could have been a lot more comfortable .As expected it was long drive with stops along the way.The driver was knowable the delivery could have been better,unfortunately there was no water flowing in any of the falls (just bad timing on our part) not a lot of point in looking at the rocks where the fall should have been!! The stop for the Sequoias was not good,the driver had repeatedly said if you are unable to manage the steep walk down and back DO NOT do it ,however, we were NOT allowed to stay on the bus and unceremoniously told to get off.Being a little bewilder we got off without taking our extra jackets to be left out in cold for 90 minutes WAS NOT GOOD. This part MUST be improved!! for those aged and physically challenged.
, Nov 2019
It was an amazing experience. Our guide Trish was really good. She was so competent and positive. It was a pleasure to visit such a wonderful place and to know more about the wonders of the nature in California.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Trish will be thrilled to know you enjoyed your day in Yosemite National Park. Let's tour again soon.
The highlight of our visit
, Oct 2019
If your going to San Francisco, this is something you shouldn’t miss! You get to see the most impressive attractions of the park: the impressive giant sequoias, the beautiful Yosemite valley with stunning views of the mountains like El Capitan and waterfalls like the bridalveil falls. Even though it’s a long ride, you don’t spend the full trip on the bus; you get to do a 1.5 hour hike to the giant sequoias and spend 2 hours in Yosemite valley. We highly recommend taking a look at the gift shop 😉 As a plus, our tour guide Brad made the long ride very enjoyable with interesting stories and fun facts about San Francisco, Yosemite and the whole area!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Yosemite never disappoints! Come tour with us again soon.
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip From San Fransisco
, Oct 2019
Great day! Highly recommend during your visit to San Fransisco. Great getaway from the busy city. Our guide Brad is a wonderful storyteller and made the day really special and memorable. We had fantastic autumn weather with lovely clear blue skies and beautiful sunset on the way back to end the day. Although it was a long day, frequent stops for refreshments, photos and walks made the day go by without feeling too onerous.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Yosemite in the fall...clear, majestic and not crowded. Glad you enjoyed the day.
Roman amazing tour guide
, Oct 2019
The German tour guide ROMAN made this trip , not only a great professional driver but made the day to this fabulous place during our tour through California.. Roman, YOUR THE BEST I'd give 10 stars
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
We will pass your glowing review on to Roman and the San Francisco travel advisors that support him. Travel safely back home.
Well worth the trip!!
Stewart M
, Oct 2019
Our driver was Gino who was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to make the trip as enjoyable as possible. He also provided bottles of water supplied by himself which the company no longer provide! The trip was an excellent taster of the valley although a longer trip, maybe 2 days, would give you the chance to really see and experience the area.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Good to hear you had a great time in Yosemite. Yes, a night or two in Yosemite allows you to slow the pace and really enjoy this beautiful park. Extranomical has rooms in and outside the park boundaries. Give us a call or check out our website.
Extranomical Tours
, Oct 2019
The coach was not in great shape. Its air conditioner broke down! The tour director was very helpful but his English was not good.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
We are sorry to hear that you were uncomfortable on your journey back to San Francisco. We take our satisfaction guarantee seriously, so please contact our travel advisors at (415) 357-0700 so we can make things right.
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Rakesh S
, Oct 2019
Had taken the Yosemite day tour. Trip was excellent. Best part was the guide and driver GINO. He made the trip real fun. Would recommend trip and GINO to everyone.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Gino takes a lot of pride in his Yosemite tour and he'll be so happy to hear your comments. Travel well!
Love Denise
, Sep 2019
The tour guide, Denise is very knowledgeable and she very good in direction and care about the passengers
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
From the whole guest services staff here in San Francisco...Thanks! Hope you will tour with us again on your next trip!
A wonderful day trip
, Sep 2019
It was a wonderful day trip from San Francisco. Josh, the guide was super enthusiastic and drove very well. Managed time extremely well. His tips on seeing stuff was superb. Overall, a very well designed tour. Seeing the granite cliffs of Yosemite is an experience.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Yosemite is a very special day. Thanks for letting us share it with you!

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