Although Yosemite National Park can be visited on a long day trip from San Francisco, an overnight stay allows travelers to see more of the park at a relaxed pace. Here’s how to explore the best of Yosemite Valley’s offerings on a multi-day tour from San Francisco.
- Take your time exploring the area by opting for an overnight stay, rather than spending eight hours on the road (it’s a four-hour journey each way from San Francisco).
- Overnight tours allow for time to check out popular sights such as the scenic Merced River, El Capitan, Half Dome, Glacier Point, and Tunnel View, as well as hidden corners of Yosemite park that most visitors miss.
- Stay the night at some of the area’s top lodging, either at a hotel inside the national park or just outside.
- Immerse yourself in some of America’s most dramatic natural scenery, including towering giant sequoias and stunning waterfalls such as Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Falls.
Overnight Tours with Hotel Stays
Two-day tours generally include a choice of hotel accommodations inside or just outside of the park. Popular park hotels include the iconic Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly known as the Ahwahnee Hotel) and the Yosemite Valley Lodge (formerly the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls). Small-group tours ensure attention from a tour guide, while the amount of free time offered varies by tour option.
Overnight Camping Trips
Overnight camping tours allow travelers to immerse themselves in nature. Knowledgeable tour guides lead organized activities, while free time is usually offered for independent exploration. All camping gear is typically provided.
Things to Know
- Yosemite National Park is located about 200 miles (322 kilometers) east of San Francisco.
- Travelers can choose a guided or semi-guided tour, based on the desired level of flexibility.
- California offers mostly mild weather, but during winter and on cool evenings, you’ll want to have warm clothing. Winter tours can include time for ice skating and snowshoeing.
- Tours include round-trip transportation from San Francisco. Some options include food and drink, while others leave it up to your discretion.