• Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 14 hours (approx.)
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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 guided hike among ancient sequoia trees, and enjoy several hours to explore the park’s wonders on your own.

Highlights

  • 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 1-hour 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 Our Insiders Chose This Tour

What You Can Expect

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

Yosemite National Park

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 1-hour guided 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 1–1.5 hours of 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.

Customer Reviews

German Felipe r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

good and good

Sarah W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

A great day trip to manage to get to Yosemite, see the Sequoias and stop for photos with the bridge. Had enough time to wander to not feel rushed - excellent organisation of the day, given the distances involved.

Toni O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Denise was super. She made each traveler feel safe, informed and important. Her knowledge of the area was outstanding and informative. I would give her a raise if I were her employer !!!!!! Denise was professional and comfortable to adventure with. Highly recommend this trip to others and high praise to Denise for an awesome experience.

Ana C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We had an amazing day in Yosemite. Our guide Denise was very knowledgeable about the park and the state of California and made us feel safe and well informed. The tour is well organised and we were given enough time on our own to explore the park. I highly recommend this tour and our guide Denise.

marissabyrd

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

If you have any reservations about this trip, don't! It was wonderful! Some of the negative reviews had me worried, but the trip far exceeded our expectations. Phil was our guide and I couldn't imagine anyone better. He has the best sense of humor and made the trip even better. Unfortunately we weren't able to do the hike to the Giant Sequoias because of ice, but we were able to spend extra time in the park. My sister, my cousin and I traveled together and none of us had been to Yosemite, so we weren't quite sure what to expect but it was everything that we wanted it to be. Phil knew where to take us to get the best views and get the most out of our time.

Hans N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We had the most amazing day on our trip to Yosemite. It sure was a long day from 06:00 to 22:00 but we enjoyed every minute of the tour. The views we got to see were just so awesome that they are hard to describe.
Our guide Denise, five stars to her was fantastic and really made the tour extra special with all her knowledge.
We can really recommend all of you who visit San Francisco to do this trip.

Lorenzo S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Very nice overall! Unfortunately we could not visit the giant sequoias because of the snow but we spent more time in the park so it balanced out! Also, our guide Jake stopped on the way back to let us have a nighttime sight of the skyline! Really nice!

Monica M. S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was worth every cent and every minute! In addition to an outstanding tour guide, the tour itself was the right balance of necessary travelling and on-our-own experiences. The stops were timed very well. The tour guide was exceptionally knowledgeable, attentive to our needs and gave GREAT tips on photos, food options, and explore-on-your-own options. I have taken many day-tours around the world and this was by far the best one ever! Not to mention the scenery was gorgeous!

wanda m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was a amazing tour very beautiful scenery our guide Travis was professional friendly and had a good sense of humour he made this trip great. Its a long day but well worth it

emmadooley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The tour to Yosemite with Denise was unbelievable. Denise really knows what she is doing. She is a wealth of information which she shares throughout the bus ride which makes the hours fly by. She made us feel safe and have the best trip. She takes her time to ensure best customer service. Brilliant!

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