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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  14 hours (approx.)
Take time out for a day trip into the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. Enjoy the beautiful countryside and discover the raw beauty of California's most famous national park.

Please be advised that due to last year's wildfires, the Giant Sequoia trails are currently closed and tentatively scheduled to reopen May 24, 2014. This date is not guaranteed and other activities will be scheduled in the event of continued trail closures.


  • Full-day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Choose from a range of activities at Yosemite, including walking or relaxing at the visitors center
  • 1-hour walk through Yosemite National Park
  • Scenic drive through the Sierra Nevada range
  • Expert guide and commentary
  • Pick-up and drop-off from selected San Francisco hotels

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you can't spare more than a day in Yosemite, take this tour. It's a long drive but your guide will keep you entertained and Yosemite is a must-see. Visit in the late spring or summer to ensure you also get to see the magnificent giant sequoias.

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What You Can Expect

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

Giant Sequoias, California

Your journey begins with a drive through San Joaquin Valley and into the Sierra Nevada range. In the morning, you will be driven to a giant sequoia grove (snow depth permitting), stopping along the way for a bird's-eye view of the whole valley. You can relax in the picnic area and have lunch (not included) among the giant sequoia trees.

After lunch, you will have the opportunity to go on a short one-hour hike to the falls or grab a snack at the Yosemite Lodge. You will have three to four hours to spend at Yosemite National Park, with a range of activities to suit everyone, which may include some of the following:
  • Hike to one of Yosemite's waterfalls
  • Watch the climbers on El Capitan
  • Rent bikes for a relaxing cycle on the flat bike paths throughout the valley
  • Cool off in lovely river pools in summer
  • Spot a black bear
  • Relax at the visitors center, with museums, restaurants and the Ansel Adams Gallery to inspire every amateur photographer
When it's time to head back to San Francisco, you will drive down the Sierra Nevada stopping along the way for a short break.

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. In this event, other activities may be substituted in its place.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Wow! What a fantastic trip!! Our tour guide, Roman, was the BEST!! He was incredibly knowledgeable, not to mention friendly and hysterical. He clearly loves his job, which makes the tour so much fun for the travelers. The ride, although long, was pleasant and the time spent in Yosemite was worth every bit. Roman had tips for where to go and what to do, and was happy to stop all along the way for great photo ops. By far the best tour I've ever taken.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

The tour is very good but be prepared for a very long day I was picked up at 7am and got back to my hotel at 10 pm. The guide was excellent and gave enough commentary on the points of interest without talking for too long to allow a bit of sleep if needed. The stop off point to the park could have been more interesting than a supermarket. The guide was also in much demand for his photography skills at various stop of points in the park which I felt was a nice touch. All in all a very good day despite a bit of damp weather.

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