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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 coach 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

While in San Francisco, don't miss a day trip to explore Yosemite. Not having to drive yourself takes the stress out of visiting the park, leaving you able to enjoy Yosemite's splendor. Visit in the late spring or summer to ensure you also get to see the magnificent Tuolumne Grove.

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What You Can Expect

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

Giant Sequoias, California

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, 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 an easy, 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

Anna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was the best ever tour. Our driver/tour guide John was very knowledgeable and gave us the history of the place which I really like because I learned a lot from him. I will recommend this tour to my friends. I enjoyed my trip to Yosemite National Park.

David B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

What a fantastic day, our tour guide Ross was just wonderful full of knowledge, witty, and so funny! He made the day with a story to tell at every stop, good on you Ross

Lyndon G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great! Our Driver/Tour guide knows his stuff!

Dawn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Absolutely amazing with stunning views and an excellent well informed driver. Scenery incredible. A long day but well worth it.

Elizabeth D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This is a beautiful trip. Our guide, Vlad, was a ton of fun

Chanka P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

highly recommended to go with Brad!

Hayley K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very good trip. We had Phil as our driver who was fabulous and maximised our time in the park. He was very knowledgeable. We stayed near the hilton SF so only had a few pick up stops and were on our way!!! Great day our!!!

tournamedoornumber

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

this trip could have been difficult because the journey to and from Yosemite is understandably long. However our very enthusiatic knowledgable guide was terrific! The Park itself was superb!

Hvanrooyen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Scenery is beautiful, guide really went out of his way to provide us with information

Hvanrooyen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Scenery is beautiful, guide really went out of his way to provide us with information

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