Yosemite National Park Tours

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One of the United States’ most popular national parks, Yosemite is packed with natural beauty and views that never cease to amaze. From the majestic mountain peaks to the green meadows on the valley floor (plus all the waterfalls and groves of tall Sequoia trees in between), there’s no shortage of outdoor and leisure activities set against the park’s epic views. And whether you spend a single day or stay for a multi-day camping trip, you’ll feel a deeper appreciation for the nature at this national treasure.

The Basics
Yosemite is one of the most popular day trip destinations from San Francisco, often visited on full-day and multi-day excursions from the city. Visit with roundtrip transportation to explore the park independently, or choose a guided experience to see much of the park in a short amount of time. Sightseeing bus tours, valley floor tours, and Glacier Point tours are available, while small-group and private options are offered.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The park features a number of walking and biking trails that vary in difficulty and length. The Visitor Center is the best place to find information on the trails.
  • Yosemite day hikes, adventure tours, and hiking tours offer opportunities for active days out in nature, all with the help of a guide. Choose from hiking tours, yoga tours, photography tours, and more.

How to Get There
Yosemite National Park is best accessed via car ($20 fee per vehicle). From San Francisco, it’s about a four-hour drive—you’ll cross the Bay Bridge and travel through the Great Central Valley into the Sierra foothills. Following the beautiful Merced River to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, you'll enter Yosemite Valley. Most tours from the Bay Area include roundtrip transportation.

When to Get There
Yosemite is accessible year-round, though snow chains may be required in winter. The park is beautiful in every season, but be aware that access to some hiking trails is weather-permitting. Many consider spring the best time to visit—expect crowds in summer and snow activities such as snowshoeing and skiing in winter.

What Not To Miss in Yosemite National Park
It’s hard to go too wrong, but where to start? The majestic profile of Half Dome is perhaps the most iconic sight in the park. You can also view the mighty mecca that is El Capitan, or hike into Tuolumne Meadows, where giant sequoias surround you. As for waterfalls, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, and Vernal Falls are all must-sees, and when it comes to viewpoints, be sure to check out Glacier Point and Tunnel View.
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Address: Yosemite, California, USA
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Hours: Open 24 hours every day
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Admission: US$20 per car entrance fee
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America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass

The US National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass is a convenient way for visitors to access more than 2,000 sites of incomparable wonder, from Mount St. Helens and the Grand Canyon to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and Red Rocks National Conservation Area. The 2019 america the beautiful - the national parks and federal recreational lands annual pass kit includes a National Parks annual pass, brochure and hang tag. A physical America the Beautiful - National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Pass will be issued through the mail - Please add your mailing address to Special Requirements upon checkout.
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Private Tour: Yosemite by Helicopter or Small Plane and SUV from San Francisco

No trip to California is complete without a visit to the iconic wilderness of Yosemite National Park. Make the most of your time in the park on this private excursion from San Francisco to Yosemite by helicopter (four people or fewer) or small plane (five people or fewer), letting you avoid the 8-hour drive and spend more time exploring the park's many attractions. Thanks to the flexibility offered by a private tour, you can choose to conduct your tour as an overnight camping trip or a day trip for your private group.
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hrs
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  • Duration: 7 to 9 hrs
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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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Small-Group Yosemite Tour from San Francisco

Known for its steep granite cliffs, waterfalls, towering sequoia groves and diversity of wildlife, Yosemite National Park is something you don’t want to miss. With this day trip limited to just 20 people, you can leave the logistics to a tour guide so all you have to do is enjoy a small-group experience in the great outdoors. You’ll have both guided sightseeing and free time, ensuring you see the UNESCO World Heritage site’s major attractions, like Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Valley, with the chance to explore more of the park however you wish.
  • Duration: 15 hours
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2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco

Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of Yosemite National Park on this 2-day overnight adventure from San Francisco. Explore highlights of both Yosemite Valley and the Sierra Nevada high country, where you can hike among giant sequoias, ascend the summit of Sentinel Dome, photograph the spectacular views from Glacier Point and swim or bike around the base of Yosemite Falls. Enjoy a mix of guided activities and free time to explore the famous park on your own, and stay overnight either in the heart of Yosemite Valley or at a nearby lodge on the banks of the Merced River.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$419.00
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Yosemite in a Day Tour from San Francisco

Travel by minibus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park on a small-group day trip to one of the most visually stunning places on earth — considered the crown jewel of America’s national parks. This full-day itinerary takes you through the orchards of the Central Valley to Yosemite Valley, stopping first for a stroll through a grove of giant sequoias. You’ll find plenty of photo ops of Half Dome, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls! Numbers are limited to 15 passengers to ensure a personalized experience with your knowledgeable guide.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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US$159.00
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2-Day Yosemite National Park Winter Tour from San Francisco

Discover the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park during wintertime, when crowds are fewer and the majestic natural attractions are blanketed in snow and ice. On this 2-day trip from San Francisco, take a guided coach tour of Yosemite Valley and enjoy free time to explore the wintry wonderland. Hike or snowshoe through giant sequoia groves, ice skate near the base of Half Dome and admire the snow-capped Sierra Nevada scenery. Warm up by a fire in Curry Village, and tuck into the cozy Yosemite Lodge by the Falls on one of the Yosemite Half Dome Village Heated Tent Cabins for the night.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$359.00
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7-Day Tour to Yosemite, Las Vegas, Sedona, Monument Valley from San Francisco

Explore some of the top destinations of the American West on a 6-night, 1-way tour from San Francisco to Las Vegas. You'll travel through California, Nevada, and Arizona to visit Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas, Sedona, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend. Attractions include a cruise on San Francisco Bay, an evening tour of the Las Vegas Strip, visiting Hoover Dam, and Jeep tour through Monument Valley.
  • Duration: 7 days
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2-Day Semi-Guided Tour of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco

For a convenient, stress-free way to visit Yosemite National Park from San Francisco, enjoy this 2-day semi-guided tour that includes overnight accommodation and allows you to leave the driving to a professional. When you reach Yosemite, you’ll get oriented with the park and its amazing scenery on a guided tour to see famous features like Half Dome. Then you have free time to do what interests you at your own pace. Choose from two lodging options.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$269.00
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3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco

On this 3-day Yosemite camping tour, visit Yosemite National Park with an experienced guide, spending two nights in a tent at a campsite. Enjoy the stunning natural sights of the park, such as Yosemite Falls and Half Dome, and go hiking amid the giant sequoia trees. With both guided portions and free time to explore the park on your own, this tour provides a convenient and balanced way to experience one of America’s favorite national parks. Previous camping experience is not required!
  • Duration: 3 days
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US$489.00
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  • Duration: 3 days
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