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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco

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San Francisco, United States

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icon14 to 15 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

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.
  • 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 hike
  • Stop at Glacier 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 Travelers Choose This Tour

Get an intro hike to Tuolumne Grove and an optional picnic lunch on this tour.
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 (selected hotels only), 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 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 Glacier 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 some 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.
Itinerary
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San Francisco Bay Bridge
The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, known locally as the Bay Bridge, is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 260,000 vehicles a day on its two decks.
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Sierra Nevada
The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in the Western United States, between the Central Valley of California and the Great Basin.
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Big Oak Flat Road
Traveling the historic Big Oak Flat Road from the western entrance of Yosemite National Park across to the Tioga Pass entrance on the east, provides drivers easy access to the stunning beauty of Yosemite’s high country landscapes.
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Yosemite National Park Big Oak Flat Entrance
The Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park is located on CA Highway 120 roughly 24 miles (39 km) east of Groveland, CA. CA Highway 120 is the most direct route into Yosemite National Park from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Northern California locations.
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Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley is a glacial valley in Yosemite National Park in the western Sierra Nevada mountains of Central California. The valley is about 7.5 miles long and approximately 3000–3500 feet deep, surrounded by high granite summits such as Half Dome and El Capitan, and densely forested with pines.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
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Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
Tuolumne Grove is a sequoia grove located near Crane Flat in Yosemite National Park. It is about 16 miles west of Yosemite Village on Tioga Pass Road. The grove contains many conifers, including a few Sequoiadendron giganteum as well as Abies concolor and Pinus lambertiana.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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Tunnel View
Tunnel View is a scenic viewpoint on State Route 41 in Yosemite National Park. Visitors have seen and documented the iconic and expansive views of Yosemite Valley from the overlook since its opening in 1933.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Ansel Adams Gallery
Gallery showcasing & selling photography by celebrated landscape artist Ansel Adams, among others.
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Bridalveil Falls
Bridalveil Fall is one of the most prominent waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley in California, Yosemite National Park.
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El Capitan
El Capitan, also known as El Cap, is a vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park, located on the north side of Yosemite Valley, near its western end. The granite monolith is about 3,000 feet from base to summit along its tallest face, and is a popular objective for rock climbers.
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Four Mile Trail
Four Mile Trail is a moderate to strenuous trail leading from Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point.
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Glacier Point
Glacier Point, an overlook with a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and the High Sierra is located 30 miles (one hour) from Yosemite Valley.
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Half Dome
Half Dome is a granite dome at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, California. It is a well-known rock formation in the park, named for its distinct shape.
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Illilouette Fall
llilouette Falls is a 370-foot waterfall in Yosemite National Park. It is located on the Illilouette Creek, a left tributary of the Merced River, in a small side canyon directly across from Vernal Falls, and is visible from the trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls.
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Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
A quarter-mile (one way) hike to a spectacular mist-blown view from the base of 320-foot Lower Yosemite Falls. Lower Yosemite Falls Hike is a must visit for its accessibility and proximity to this massive waterfall and has spectacular views of both falls.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Merced River
The Merced River in the central part of the U.S. state of California, is 145 miles (233 km) long. Tenaya, Yosemite, Bridalveil and Pigeon Creeks join the Merced River in Yosemite Valley.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Mist Trail
The Mist Trail is one of the most popular short hikes in Yosemite National Park, California, USA. The steep hike follows the Merced River, starting at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley, past Vernal Fall and Emerald Pool, to Nevada Fall.
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Nevada Fall
Nevada Fall is a 594-foot high waterfall on the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, California. It is located below the granite dome, Liberty Cap, at the west end of Little Yosemite Valley.
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Sentinel Dome
Sentinel Dome is a granite dome in Yosemite National Park, United States. It lies on the south wall of Yosemite Valley, 0.8 miles southwest of Glacier Point and 1.4 miles northeast of Profile Cliff. Sentinel Dome is known for a Jeffrey Pine that grew from its peak.
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Vernal Fall
Vernal Fall is a 317-foot waterfall on the Merced River just downstream of Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park, California. Like its upstream neighbor, Vernal Fall is clearly visible at a distance, from Glacier Point, as well as close up, along the Mist Trail.
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Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in Yosemite National Park, dropping a total of 2,425 feet from the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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Yosemite Valley Lodge
Yosemite Valley Lodge is a favorite choice for families and large groups. Its close proximity to Yosemite Falls makes it the perfect base camp for exploring Yosemite National Park.
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Valley Visitor Center
The Valley Visitor Center is located in Yosemite Valley and is the largest and most comprehensive in terms of displays, books, postcards and maps. The Valley Visitor Center is open year round and offers natural history displays, audiovisual programs and is staffed with individuals who are happy to answer all your questions.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Treasure Island
Treasure Island is an artificial island in the San Francisco Bay and a neighborhood in the city and county of San Francisco. Built 1936–37 for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, the island's World’s Fair site is a California Historical Landmark.

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Excelled tpur
Andreea
, Mar 2020
Gino was an excellent driver and tour guide. Alsways making sure everybody was well and entertained.
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El Capitan
thomas_h
, Mar 2020
Great tour! Trish was great tour guide. Breathtaking views of Yosemite. A long day but worth the visit.
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Outstanding Day to Yosemite
Steve_GA
, Feb 2020
Our driver & guide Constantine from Extranomical Tours was outstanding and the key to my rating. While I am sure any company can supply transport to-and-from Yosemite we were lucky enough to have Constantine to provide a running narrative for multiple historical facts and items of interest for the ride to-and from Yosemite. Yosemite is awe-inspiring on its own and Constantine was a bonus for our trip!!!
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Yosemite
Mom
, Feb 2020
Constantino was a great guide. Full of interesting information and great suggestions for what to do and see!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
That's wonderful to hear. We work every day to make your vacation special. Thanks.
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Want to repeat
bontorp
, Feb 2020
Mr Gino was our driver and he made the Yosemite journey perfect. He told e’thing what we need to see etc
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Henrywu
, Feb 2020
We was with Extranomical Tour, not Viator. Is that part of Viator ? Please let me know if that is part of Viator ? Because I remember I booked this trip through TripAdviser
star-5
Good option for a day trip to Yosemite
Allen T
, Jan 2020
Overall experience was good. Had a little bit more time for a trail in the valley because we couldn't see the giant sequoia tress (weather). Driver / guide was very friendly and gave lots of tips on ensuring a good experience at the park.
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Amazing trip
74tessac
, Jan 2020
We had a great trip to Yosemite national park. Our tour guide Jason was awesome with a lot of knowledge of the area and some cool stories as well.
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Yosemite park
Patry_delara
, Jan 2020
Absolutely worth it!!!! Forget about the distance, you are not driving anyways, and enjoy the beautiful views of Yosemite. You'll have time to do it all!!! I loved it!!!
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Great tour to get a glimpse of Yosemite but don't expect sequoias during winter time
Fanny E
, Jan 2020
This was a great day! Even though the day was long our tour guide made it feel great all the way through. I would have given the tour a five, our tour guide is definitely worth it, but it is promoted as a tour also going to the sequoias during the winter (if it is not too dangerous). But reading about Toulumn grove and after being on the tour I get the impression they actually just don't go during winter. If this is their policy to not go there when it is snow covered (as it is during the winter) because the company think it is a too large of a risk then they should not write it in the title and itinerary during this season in my opinion. So I am disappointed at the description of the tour and how they put the sequoias forward but I recommend it due to the great guiding of San Francisco and California history, landscape changes and main industries etc as well as tales about Yosemite. Nice touch with music directly linked with San Francisco, California and good to get recommended food choices etc to make the breaks go smoothly. If you go on the tour make sure to bring water and shoes/clothes to be outside, I would also recommend an outdoor lunch box.

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