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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 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

Tracy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This place is picture perfect, I'm sure it were they go to make the most beautiful postcards. We really enjoyed the tour, we didn't walk down to the Giant Sequoias as that was a bit of an effort but it didn't make the day any less enjoyable. Our guide was great and added in some extra stops for us. The weather was perfect on our trip, you probably wouldn't want to go on a rainy day as its mostly outdoors.

Frances P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Fabulous way to get a taste. Excellent guide!

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Yosemite was beautiful. Our tour guide was very good and made sure we enjoyed our trip.

Rhoda J Garcia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour. Loved it.

Ekaterina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

amazing experience

Michael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was very good. Vlad was an awesome guide! The park was beautiful

PohMeng Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Totally awesome tour.

Debayan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

It was pretty awesome. Our guide gave us such a cordial experience.

kim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Fantastic. Our tour guide was brilliant. He was funny and informative, but quiet at the right time too. He gave us plenty of time to look at different places and have photo stops.
I loved Yosemite and it renewed my spirits for San Francisco.
A spiritual place, Very special.

Jason S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Amazing tour and well worth the 4 hour drive each way from San Francisco. Our driver Denise was informative and entertaining the entire trip.

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