• 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

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.

Lila T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

I DO love this trip!
It was only 1-day trip in Yosemite, but It was supercool! Our Driver, Jake(1/28), was amazing, helpful and good in photograph.
Because of the snow we could not have the Sequoias trek, but we could spend more time with the fantastic view of Yosemite instead!

It made my day!!!

Karlie P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was an awesome day and wonderful experience. We got to Yosemite and saw that it had snowed. It was a lovely time! This was part of our honeymoon and I will never forget it. My husband and I enjoyed the driver and appreciated all of his insight! Great day.

Kim E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Denise was truly an excellent tour guide and a very careful driver. Cheerful personality and love for her job makes her a natural people person for any group of tourists. She also has so many interesting and funny stories. Learned so much about California and Yosemite just listening to her stories. A real history buff. Thoroughly enjoyed a 15 hour tour with her. Wholeheartedly recommended!!

Anna W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great daytrip!

dianna.boehm

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Ben was a superb guide and excellent driver!!

Would highly recommend this tour! The majestic beauty of Yosemite is worth the long day!!

elizabeth.m.boothby

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great day to Yosemite. Such a beautiful place. The tour guide was fantastic

Inderawati S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Denise our tour guide is the best! Overall, it was a very good tour!

mrjzz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Came from Finland with my girlfriend for this. Totally recommended! Guide was awesome and we met amazing people during the tour. Worth the money, Worth the experience! If you are in San Francisco, do this tour!
You may have to wake up early, but you thank yourself afterwards. I promise you this!

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