• 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

Lisa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

A long trip to Yosemite, but completely worth it! There's a stop half way for snacks and water. Yosemite is so beautiful. We only wish we could have staying there for a night or three!

Phoenix B Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

My wife and I had a great day discovering Yosemite and its Giant Sequoias. We got to see a lot of different parts of the park and had free time to swim/walk around the park also. Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Worth the trip!

Darrell G F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Despite the threat of wilfldfires, Extranomical Tours' guide Denise did a great job getting us to the little known but inspirational northern areas of Yosemite. We had a wonderful time seeing Olmsted Point and Lake Tenaya!! We even got to see Half Dome from behind, at elevation of 8000 ft. We saw some smoke but not bad. Great Visit!!

Jaclyn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Great day hiking through Yosemite. Tour guide was awesome! There was a fire in the park, but the company was very good about communicating with us both before and during the trip. Highly recommend this tour!

ronald g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

JUST got back from this tour. The Valley was closed due to the Ferguson Fire, so we couldn't see El Capitan and the Half Dome BUT we took the Northern route to avoid the smoke, and it was a beautiful day! Toulumne Meadows was a great lunch spot . The lake was beautiful, and the Olmsted Viewpoint overlooked the hazy valley. The granite cliffs at high elevation were amazing. Our driver was Constantine, and he did a great job. He was full of interesting trivia / facts about Yosemite and he gave helpful tips for viewing the Giant Sequoia's Redwood trees. We also saw a mother bear and her two cubs from a safe distance while viewing the Redwoods . The company DID offer me three other tours to replace this one, due to the fire, but I decided to stick with this tour and I am glad i did !

Abdel A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

It was an awesome , tiresome and enjoyable trip , thanks to our happy , energetic and knowledgeable driver/tour guide PHIL


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Excellent experience. Must be fit. Lots of physical activities. Espectacular views, connect with nature as it's best. Greatly recommended. We used Extraeconomical tours. Overall experience was very good. Bus could have been better. The tour guide, Phil was excellent (highly recommended). He made the trip much better. Thanks Phil.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Great day Ben was a wonderful guide yoseYose is beautiful only downside is a day trip just wasn't long enough


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

My daughters and I had a great time! Ben was very courteous and helpful! He even dropped us off at Hotel Kabuki on the way home, even though it was not a designated hotel drop off place. Everyone also came back on time everytime, which gave Ben the chance to take us to Trasure Island for extra pictures.

PeterV Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Simply breathtaking.

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