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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 for the night.


  • 2-day winter tour of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Take a coach tour of spectacular Yosemite Valley and enjoy views of famous sites such as Half Dome
  • Stay overnight at the cozy Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
  • Choose from a variety of activities to enjoy on your own such as hiking and snowshoeing
  • Round-trip hotel transport from San Francisco included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

In the winter, Yosemite is less crowded and has a quiet majesty about it. Go ice skating in Curry Village -- skate rentals are reasonable and the views of Half Dome are phenomenal.

What You Can Expect

2-Day Yosemite National Park Winter Tour from San Francisco

Use your Badger Ski Pass upgrage to go skiing!

Without the crush of summer crowds, wintertime in Yosemite National Park offers a chance to experience the famed scenic attractions in peace and solitude. On this 2-day tour from San Francisco, leave the driving to your guide you can sit back and enjoy the snow-capped Sierra Nevada scenery.

Learn about the history of the park during a guided coach tour of Yosemite Valley, which is framed by the park’s most iconic attractions including the granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan and the icy cascade of Yosemite Falls. 

Enjoy plenty of leisure time to explore the winter wonderland however you choose. Snowshoe through giant sequoia groves or secluded trails, take a guided hike or enjoy some old-fashioned ice skating at a rink with a view of Half Dome (own expense). Stay overnight inside the park at the cozy Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. 

See Itinerary below for complete tour details. 

Likely to Sell Out: Be sure to book early, as the popular Yosemite Lodge often sells out months in advance!


Day 1: San Francisco -- Yosemite National Park
In the morning, you'll be picked up from your San Francisco hotel and taken on a comfortable 3-hour drive. Cross the Bay Bridge, cruise through Oakland and the East Bay, and continue through the Central Valley, where you'll stop for groceries (own expense) for your lunch. Travel through Gold Country and the Sierra Nevada Foothills until you arrive at Yosemite National Park.

Hop off the coach and enjoy a picnic lunch (or keep warm inside). You'll then take a fully narrated 1.5-hour coach tour through Yosemite's glaciated valley. Stunning photo opportunities abound here, so be sure to have your camera ready for shots of frozen waterfalls, El Capitan, majestic Half Dome, Inspiration Point and the valley blanketed in snow.

After the tour, head to your hotel for check-in. You'll stay at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, nestled in the heart of the valley. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you please. Choose from activities such as hiking, ice skating, snowshoeing, visiting the Ansel Adams Gallery, or taking a guided hike (all additional activities at own expense). Feel free to stop for a warm drink by the fire at the historic Ahwanee Hotel before returning to your hotel.

Overnight: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls in Yosemite National Park

Day 2: Yosemite National Park -- San Francisco (B)
Have breakfast at your hotel and then spend the morning or afternoon as you please. Enjoy fun winter activities to take advantage of all that Yosemite has to offer.

In the late afternoon, you'll regroup to begin your 3-hour return journey. Admire the San Francisco skyline as you cross the Bay Bridge and arrive at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Kay G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fantastic Tour, Drivers were great both went out of their way to show us the majestic Yosemite Park. Worth staying over night if you have the time

Lynette S

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Trip back is really good.

Dino C

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

Perfect arrangement for those seeking a short overnite get-away trip to Yosemite.

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