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Yosemite Day Trips from San Francisco

Yosemite Day Trips from San Francisco

San Francisco is a beautiful city, but there’s nothing like the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the nearby Yosemite Valley, including towering peaks, roaring falls, and bountiful wildlife. Here are your options for making the most of a day trip from the city.

Highlights

  • See the top sights (El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, Glacier Point, Tunnel View, and more) with the help of a naturalist tour guide.

  • Learn about the famous national park’s natural and human history, including an overview of major landmarks and local wildlife.

  • Relax and enjoy the scenery on your own, or with a guide on a hike.

  • Enjoy roundtrip transportation from San Francisco, plus pre-arranged meals, to make the most of your limited time.

  • Combine your trip to Yosemite with a stop to see the giant sequoia trees at Sequoia National Park on the way back to the Bay Area.

Things to Know

  • Yosemite National Park is located 200 miles (322 kilometers) east of San Francisco, about a four-hour drive away. The scenic drive takes travelers through California’s Central Valley.

  • Yosemite tours range from private and small-group excursions to larger group bus tours.

  • Day tours typically last about 13 to 15 hours, so prepare for a long day.

  • Most tours include hotel pickup; some also include free time to explore Yosemite independently.

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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco

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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 hike among ancient sequoia trees, and enjoy several hours to explore the park’s wonders on your own.
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  • 14 to 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$189.00
Price varies by group size
From
$189.00
Price varies by group size
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Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas in a Day Tour from San Francisco

Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas in a Day Tour from San Francisco

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Travel by minibus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park on a small-group day trip to one of the most visually stunning places on earth—considered the crown jewel of America’s national parks. This full-day itinerary takes you through the orchards of the Central Valley to Yosemite Valley, stopping first for a stroll through a grove of giant sequoias. Find plenty of photo ops of Half Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls. Numbers are limited to 15 passengers to ensure a personalized experience with your knowledgeable guide.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$179.00
From
$179.00
Taking safety measures

Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

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Visit Yosemite National Park on this day trip from San Francisco. Upon arrival in the state's most famous national park have lunch (own expense) or skip straight to the park to begin exploring. Follow your guide bus tour of the area and discover the park's charms on your own during your visit. Pickup from select San Francisco hotels is included.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$169.00
From
$169.00
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Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco

Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco

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Known for its steep granite cliffs, waterfalls, towering sequoia groves, and diversity of wildlife, Yosemite National Park is something you don’t want to miss. On this day trip limited to just 20 people, you can leave the logistics to a tour guide so all you have to do is enjoy a small-group experience in the great outdoors. You have both guided sightseeing and free time, ensuring you see the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s major attractions, like Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite Valley, with the chance to explore more of the park however you wish.
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  • 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$179.00
From
$179.00
Taking safety measures

Yosemite One Day Trip 4 Hours in Park by Train and Bus

Yosemite One Day Trip 4 Hours in Park by Train and Bus

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Reach Yosemite easily from the Bay Area on this small-group tour from San Francisco. Avoid the cost of a rental car; you'll travel by bus and train to the park, where entrance fees are included and you'll be provided with a written tour guide. You can use your four hours there however you like, exploring at your leisure, before your return transportation.
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  • 15 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$149.00
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$149.00

Yosemite Adventure

Yosemite Adventure

Yosemite National Park is a true California experience. Immerse yourself in the majestic granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoias groves, and biological diversity. Nearly 12000 square miles, over 800 miles (1,300 km) of trails are available to hikers, anything from the easy stroll, to the grueling hikes up several park mountains, to multiple-day back packing.
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  • 12 hours to 3 days
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$1,870.13
per group
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$1,870.13
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Private Tour to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco

Private Tour to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco

Visit Yosemite National Park by private SUV on a full-day tour from San Francisco. Travel with your own driver-guide through the California Central Valley, the Sierra Nevada foothills, and gold country to reach Yosemite. Stop at lookouts over El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, and Yosemite Falls (seasonal), with free time to explore in Yosemite Valley. Swim in the Merced River, take a hike to the base of Yosemite Falls, or photograph in the footsteps of Ansel Adams before returning to San Francisco in the evening.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$1,295.00
per group
From
$1,295.00
per group