Yosemite in a Day Tour from San Francisco
Explore the Redwoods, El Capitan, Waterfalls and More in the Stunning National Park
Many ask can you do a day trip to Yosemite from San Francisco? Though it is a 4-hour drive, our precisely designed itinerary is the ultimate way to see Yosemite in a day. With hotel pickup in San Francisco included, and an engaging guide, join this Yosemite National Park experience. See the majestic Sequoia trees up close in Redwood Forests. Take in unbelievable vistas of El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Brideveil Falls in a small group. Park Admission Included.
- Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco
- Hotel Pickup in San Francisco Included
- See the Redwood Forest and 3,000 Year Old Sequoia Trees
- Bridalveil Falls and Yosemite Falls Up Close
- Take in the Best Views of Half Dome and El Capitan
- Escape the City to Experience Wildlife and Nature
- Leisurely Hike the Park's Scenic Trails
- Free Time for Lunch, Hiking, or Relaxation
Can you imagine seeing the 1,000 foot waterfalls, 4,000 foot peaks, and 3,000 year old trees all in one day? Join this small group day trip for an exploration of Yosemite National Park. A hiker's paradise, your guide will lead you to the top sites in the park with the absolute best views of Yosemite. This 14 hour day trip includes:
Local Fun English Speaking Guide
Admission to Yosemite National Park Included
Maximum Group Size of 13
Roundtrip Transportation including Hotel Pickup from San Francisco
Free Time for Hiking, Lunch, or Shopping in Yosemite Village
Meet Your Guide Outside Your Hotel
Our day will begin with your hotel pick up between 6:15-7:00 a.m. We will then drive east across the San Francisco Bay Bridge with views of San Francisco, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
We will continue on through the Central Valley (San Joaquin Valley) of California. The Central Valley is the largest food-growing region in the United States. We will drive past almond, walnut, cherry, and other fruit and nut orchards.
After making a quick stop for snacks, we will continue on into the Sierra Nevada foothills and California’s gold country where we will drive through the historic gold country town of Groveland California and finally into the mountains and Yosemite National Park.
See 3,000 Year Old Sequoias in the Redwoods
Once in the park, we will spend time (weather and conditions permitting) walking amongst the biggest living things on land, the giant redwood trees, also known as Sequoias. Yosemite’s giant redwoods amaze and astound. The largest tree is over 40 feet (12 meters) in diameter at its base and lives to well over 3,000 years.
The Best Views of Yosemite
After our hike to the trees, we will continue on to Yosemite Valley and drive to Tunnel View Vista Point where you will experience one of the most spectacular views of Yosemite Valley, a view that includes Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, and Half Dome.
Bridalveil Falls and El Capitan
From there we will have a short drive to Bridalveil Falls and El Capitan. El Capitan is the largest exposed piece of granite in the world, rising 4000 feet above the valley floor. There, we may even spot some of the climbers as they ascend the sheer granite wall.
Half Dome and Yosemite Falls
Then it’s on to see Half Dome and also to the tallest waterfalls in North America, Yosemite Falls with its 1000 foot (300 meter) drop. Yosemite has more waterfalls than any other national park in the United States.
Free Time for Lunch, Hiking, or Relaxation
Now it’s time for lunch (not included) at the Yosemite Lodge and some free time to explore on your own. During your free time, you might hike along stunning trails, relax at the base of Yosemite Falls, or visit Yosemite Village.
Return to San Francisco
After some time on your own, we will start our ascent out of the valley with another quick stop in the Central Valley for some food before we make our way back to San Francisco and your hotel. We return at approximately 8-9 p.m.
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Our tour guide Brian was wonderful. Although we could not see the Sequoias on our trip due to weather he made sure to include more sites and extra time to explore the park which was wonderful. He also brought equipment to see climbers on El Capitan which was a very cool experience. Would highly recommend to anyone trying to see Yosemite from San Fran!
The tour guid was fantastic and very well prepared. The videos and pictures shown during the drive added to the enjoyment of the tour. The guid was very punctual and professional as well as personable.
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