• 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

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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

Joseph C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Memorable trip

Diane B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

A must do. We will visit again but stay overnight or a few days as this is a spectacular part of the world. Long day but fantastic tour guide with a passion for this part of the world. Tip- bring snacks and water for in the bus and stop few and far between.

sukhjinder s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

that was really a wonderful masterpiece of nature preserved and maintained by usa government so well . one must get one day to travel to see the beauty around

Terry H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Wow what a day this was. it was so great to see some of america that isn't cities

Norm B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Gino was a great tour guide/driver how he keeps his energy all day long amazes me. Great stop points for pics.

Lionel K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Sights are amazing but do be warned that the travel time is quite lengthy and there is traffic depending on the time of the year. It'll still be worth it!

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.

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