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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.
  • 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.
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Expert guide and commentary
Hotel pickup and drop-off (most hotels in downtown San Francisco/Fisherman's Wharf area, but do not pick up outside SF city limits)
Guide Gratuities (for Private option ONLY)
Guide Gratuities (for Shared tour)
Child safety seat for children under 8 years old or 4' 9" (1.4 meters) required
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

San Francisco, CA, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
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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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Big Oak Flat Information Station
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 Included
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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 Included
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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.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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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: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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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.
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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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Access to the Sequoia Grove can be difficult during winter months, generally October through April, and other activities may be substituted at the discretion of the guide
  • During winter months, temperatures in Yosemite can vary drastically to the ones in San Francisco. Therefore, it is recommend to wear winter clothes, especially shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads
  • California law requires tour guests to bring a car safety seat for all children under 8 years and under 4' 9" (1.4 meters) in height. Any guest that does not provide their child's safety seat at the time of the tour and does not inform the tour operator may not be allowed to board the tour and will not be subject to refund.
  • As tour sizes vary, transportation is in a 15-passenger van or a 41-passenger tour bus
  • Tour makes stops at approximately 8:30am for breakfast, 1pm for lunch and on the trip back for dinner. Meals are not included
  • Audio guides are available in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Korean, Mandarin and Japanese. Specify language at time of booking under special requirements.
  • For hotel pickups, please select the Hilton Union Square if your hotel is not listed
  • The Giant Sequoias Grove is located at a higher elevation and the hike is dependent on trail conditions, especially from October through May. Ice and snow might make the trail unsafe to hike. The decision of whether it is safe to go on the hike will be made on a day by day basis. Therefore, a visit cannot be guaranteed. However, while the trail might be closed, guests get to spend more time in Yosemite Valley. There you can see all the other great sights Yosemite has to offer, including El Capitan, Inspiration Point, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and more.
  • Exact destinations & itinerary may differ due to weather, road conditions, and your guide's discretion.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 41 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Extranomical Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 41 travelers.

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Yosemite in a day!
, Jun 2021
Denise was wonderful! She provided lots of history and knowledge of all areas covered in our tour. She went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable on the bus and with our stops. I definitely recommend this tour!!!
Very Disappointed With My Experience
, Jun 2021
I have to say that I was very disappointed by the tour operator. A person by the name of Josh contacted me using a 619 telephone number to ask for the place I wanted to be picked up at. When I called the number he gave me, a woman answered and it sounded like I woke her up as she did not give the name of the business when answering the phone. We agreed that I would be picked up at my hotel. The next day, I saw the bus driver fly right past me on the other side of the street. Josh told me that I needed to go to another site as they don't pick up from there (the night auditor of the hotel said that they did). He told me to get an Uber and then go to the hotel. That ride cost me $24.68. What really upset me was that they picked other people up at a hotel that was a block and one half from me. Gggrrrrrrrrrrrr I really feel someone owes me $24.68 since I would not have had to spend it since I could have walked to hotel that was a block and one half from me. The bus driver for the hotel was just as aggravating. While the bus had a sign stating that gratuities were encouraged. The best gratuity that I could give the driver is he needs to find a Toastmaster's Club and bring a "Ten Spot" with him. He dragged out his words and put an a behind many of them (he talked like Humphrey Bogart in Casa Blanca). Also, the driver was very "full of himself". I guess he thought that he was funny, but to me he wasn't at all. Toward the end of the trip, he plainly said that $20.00 was a suggested gratuity. How dare him! If you are a tipped employee, you kindly accept what you are given. I don't plan to go to San Francisco again to get a tour, but if I did, I would definitely make sure that I was not booked with the company Viator used for my experience
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Long and Fun
, Jun 2021
The entire day was great!!! Our driver/escort was fantastic! Her driving skills were unbelievable. The Old Priest Rd was very scary. It was just about as scary as the road from Ouray ,Colorado to Silverton ,Colorado.
Amazing tour guide
, Jun 2021
Tour guide! She made the trip so memorable and was so knowledgeable! What a great trip. We were able to experience so much.
Breath taking!
, Jun 2021
CLICK THIS TOUR NOW! Seriously - I really debated it myself and was so SO glad I did. My boyfriend and I spent the week in San Francisco and decided to not rent a car because of how tough we heard it was to navigate parking in the city. Before leaving for our vacation I was obsessing over a day trip to Yosemite....Must’ve looked it up dozens of times - renting a car, getting a reservation for parking, the entrance fee, the potential wait at the gate upon arrival...and then what would we do in the short time there? It was overwhelming and we almost skipped it all together. We finally decided to take leap of faith on the tour. First - the ride was seamless... Four hours from SF felt like 2, max! We stopped once for breakfast (with no hurry) and had thorough info given from our tour guide the entire ride. We could totally take in the views on the way because someone else was driving - alongside learning a lot by just listening! When we arrived we were given ample time to check out the Sequoias and take pictures on our own. After, we were taken to the valley to have a couple hours of free time - explored the waterfall, took TONS of pictures and soaked in the day. We also stopped at a few vista points throughout the day to take pictures and enjoy the scenery - el Cap, the valley, the half dome, etc! Leaving for the ride back we stopped once again for dinner and then enjoyed the scenery on the ride home. This was very worth it. If you want to do a day trip, this is the way to go to take full advantage. Definitely recommend! Enjoy!!
Gino was great! Bus was okay.
, Jun 2021
Gino was fantastic! He was funny, informative and had great stories. His favorite sites have phenomenal views and we had ample time for taking photos. Gino went above and beyond his actual duties. The day was very long and his attitude never declined. Through no fault of his own, in the beginning the microphone was faulty and he was hard to understand, but once he fixed it, we heard him perfectly and we learned a lot of great history. Early on, the a/c was running hard and my daughter and I were cold. Climbing those mountains like that made it freeze and stop working. Through most of the trip it was very stuffy because of that. Toward the end, the last two hours, it started working again. I definitely recommend this as a way to first experience Yosemite. You learn a lot and get to really see where you would want to spend more time in the future should you go back on your own. There really is nothing like it. Yosemite’s jaw dropping views and fresh crisp air are a great reset from society.
Great Tour
, Jun 2021
Our tour guide Denise was amazing! She stopped at places to eat and use the restroom and was very informative! It’s a very long day but the tour is beautiful!
Fun Day at Yosemite
, Jun 2021
I really like the fact that my husband & I didn’t have to rent a car & drive, especially not knowing the city (being it was our first time visiting San Fran). So pick up & drop off was very convenient. Although it was a long drive & long day, we enjoyed ourselves. I was happy most of the parks are only taking reservations at this time because of the pandemic. It was less crowded. Yosemite was breathtaking. My videos & photos doesn’t give it justice. This was another adventure crossed off my list. Ben was a great tour guide. He was nice, on time & knowledgeable. He also highly recommended a delicious taqueria place. Those tacos were so good! Overall, the experience was great!
Great time!
, Jun 2021
Roman was amazing. This is my second time doing this day trip from SF and highly recommended for a taste of Yosemite!!! Next time we are staying longer there for sure! Thank you!
, Jun 2021
Denise, is an a very knowledgeable, friendly, and all around excellent tour guide. We would highly recommend her and the tour itself. Great time
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