• 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.


  • 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

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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

Alex Anna Denmark

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The trip was amazing. We got the best care and safety during the trip with so much interesting information about San Francisco and Yosemite history, culture, where to eat, what to try. Thank you very much for such a nice guide.

Andrew J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Constantine was an amazing guide and the trip was the highlight of our time in San Francisco

gramnee United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Phil was our driver!
He helped to make the long drive informative and light hearted, he truly shared his love for all that Yosemite had to offer.
Our trip was well worth the time and cost involved!

Anneli K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We went on this tour with Jacob, a great and very knowledgeable guide on this tour and we enjoyed it very much. He made stops for the best photo views and also offered his support in shooting some nice pictures of us. Jacob is a fantastic person with an enormous engagement and tells great things about nature! We really loved this tour even if it meant an early wake-up and pick up at 06.20, it is indeed worth to go for this tour, the best experience and also we had great luck to walk to see the Giant Sequoias as it happened to be open just right on this fantastic sunny day and perfect weather. If you stay in San Fran for a couple of days, prioritize this tour, you will enjoy it, we also saw fantastic blooming Cherry and Almond trees driving along the streets. Nature is amazing, so if you love it go for it and big thanks to Jacob! This tour stays long time for memory!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The area is breathtaking and this trip gives you every opportunity to appreciate it. This is a must-do.

Elisabeth E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

You have to spend 12 hours in total on a bus, but it gets you to Yosemite and back in one day and in Yosemite you see all the major sites and even get a couple of hours to walk around. Our driver Gino took excellent care of us and made sure we were able to pick up affordable lunch and dinner and crowned the great experience of the day with a special stop to view the San Francisco skyline at night before taking us back to the hotels.

Tracey K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour was amazing and our tour guide Phil kept us entertained. We would definitely recommend this tour and ask for Phil!

Tooh P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Best tour guide, she was so knowledgeable. even remembered the countries of all of us in the bus. it was a long day but tour guide didnt make it feel like she was tired or take any shortcuts. Yosemite was beautiful, and majestic, there was plentiful of time for photos.

Tyler C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This trip is wonderful. One day is definitely not enough but I still feel much fun out of this one day tour. I feel safe with our bus driver. She is really amazing!

Valentino A B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Muy buena excursión. Interesante. Excursión de todo el día para disfrutar varios momentos entre la naturaleza.

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