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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco

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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco

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icon14 to 15 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 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 Tunnel View for a photo op of the Valley and 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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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
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Hilton San Francisco Union Square , 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

Meet at the Mason street entrance (Eastern entrance). Please check your email confirmation from Extranomical Tours or contact the provider to confirm your pick-up details and time

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This activity will end right where it started.For Hilton Union Square - meet at the Mason street entrance (Eastern entrance). For other locations, please meet outside hotel main doors. If your hotel is not listed, please select Hilton Union Square or Hotel Zephyr Fisherman's Wharf or alternatively add your hotel and we will provide the closest pick-up location. You will be provided your exact pick-up location and time upon confirmation. Please always refer to the providers confirmation.
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 Tunnel View 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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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. Weather permitting
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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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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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 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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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 13-passenger van or up to 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 links are available in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Korean, Chinese 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
  • For Private Tour option, size of vehicle will be dependent on size of your party
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 41 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Extranomical Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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  • "You are required to call and then also email tour operator to confirm your pickup location." See review
  • "The weather is the catch so choose your dates wisely, If you want to see the sequoia stand then go later than mid spring for a better chance." See review
  • "It takes around 3 to 3.5 hr one way, so it is a full day trip." See review

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star-5
Breathtaking viewd
Sean_M
, Aug 2022
We was staying in San Francisco but decided to do this trip even though it was long day trip, so glad we did the park is amazing with the most breathtaking views I’ve seen in my life. The long journey was made great with the humour and knowledge of Gino our driver. Cheers Gino thanks again.
star-5
Trip to Yosemite
Victorian_P
, Aug 2022
A superb trip to Yosemite and to see the giant Sequoias. The guide, Ben was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of interesting information along the way not just in the park. The itinerary was great with time spent in key places with lots of opportunities for photos and time to admire the stunning scenery. This was well worth the money.
star-5
Yosemite in a short time
Maria_R
, Aug 2022
Perfect way for anyone with limited time to visit Yosemite. If you can do stay one night tough, they way is long about 4h.
star-4
Yosimte
Ruth_P
, Aug 2022
I liked bus driver. I think we spent too much time stopping to eat. They bus was very bumpy. I had a hard time today feeling grounded.
star-5
Mr Capitan himself
Cain_M
, Aug 2022
Fantastic experience. Myself and the mrs went to Yosemite for the first time and it was amazing!! The trip was made even better with the tour operator who was extremely knowledgeable, passionate and friendly; making the five hour journey feel a lot less. Only critique is about the air con upon returning from the park, could have been slightly better. Would 100% go again and worth every penny! Thanks from the UK😎
star-3
Too much time on bus...
Arie_M
, Aug 2022
Too much time on bus Without enough stops even for restrooms Most of the stops were for views and taking photos
star-5
My trip to Yosemite
Amelia_B
, Aug 2022
Swimming. Taking pictures listening to the tour guide . MeetingThe fun people on board. Great fun . I went last year . It's so pretty there. It's a place to visit. . That has pretty scenery and for those who like walking ng and hiking.
star-5
Good one day tour
kdalapati
, Aug 2022
Good one , tour driver is knowledgeable and enjoyed the tour.we will recommend to others Was able to cover lot in one day not possible if would have drove
star-5
Great Experience!
Sofia_P
, Jul 2022
My mom & I had an amazing trip with our tour guide, Don. This was definitely the highlight of our vacation as we got to see so many beautiful views, had plenty of time to explore, and had excellent commentary by Don. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone planning a trip out to Yosemite!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks for taking the time to write such a nice review. We have passed your kinds words on to Don. Let's do it again soon.
star-5
Excellent way to discover...
Saeid_F
, Jul 2022
Excellent way to discover Yosemite for the first time. Wonderful guide kept it all engaging and fun!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thanks for taking the time to let us know about your Yosemite tour. Come see us again on your next trip to San Francisco.
star-1
Worst Day trip
Byungju_L
, Jul 2022
It was the worst day trip experience ever. The wild fire was happening in the day before our trip, so we can't even see anything and hard to breath because of the ashes. Your company should tell us about this before heading to Yosemite.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Readers of this review need to know that we have been monitoring the conditions in Yosemite on nearly a minute by minute basis. We contacted each of our guests a day in advance and advised them of the situation and offered a choice between full refund, rescheduling to a later date (without change fee) or going on the tour. This reviewer chose to go and we delivered the safe tour they requested. 24 others on the tour this day were very happy with how we managed a tough day in Yosemite National Park.
star-1
Ruined by Oak Fire of 2022
Windsor_S
, Jul 2022
Smoke and haze from Oak fire. Not your fault, your 50% refund and travel credit is reasonable but it is unlikely we will be in CA in the next year. AC in the van also not working and the first video did not work. Gino was enthusiastic but his English is somewhat hard to understand.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Yes, the fire that erupted on Saturday was 35 miles from Yosemite Valley but it produced an unfortunate amount of smoke in the park. You should see the credit on your card within a few days and the credit we have booked for you can be used anytime in the next three years, so I hope you can get back to San Francisco and use if for Yosemite or any other tour we offer. Please stay in touch and we'll see you on your return!
star-4
Overall the trip was very...
Thomas_K
, Jul 2022
Overall the trip was very good, we really enjoyed it. The bus was almost an hour late leaving the start point which was a little frustrating but we still did the whole tour. The only small complaint was of the 4 main cabin air conditioner vents at the front of the bus only one worked and it was very warm in the front half of the bus following all of the intermediate stops in the summer heat.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for touring with us and taking time to write a review. Its good to know that you enjoyed Yosemite and we have addressed the issue with front AC vents your tour vehicle. Thanks for calling it to our attention. Travel well!
star-5
Great Fun Trip
Rick_E
, Jul 2022
Gino was our tour guide and he was fantastic. He told plenty of funny historical SF stories on our way to Yosemite and while we were there. He also gave plenty of chances to take pictures along the tour. My sons and I enjoyed it very much.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Live it to believe it!
Robert_S
, Jul 2022
What an absolute glorious day! Ross was fantastic! He was great driver, a great guide and also an encyclopedia of California history. We have no words to describe th experience once in Yosemite, it was that’s needs to be lived to understand.
star-4
Gino was a great guide....
Timothy_B
, Jul 2022
Gino was a great guide. Wish we could have he’d more time to hike to sequoias. We are older and we’re very rushed even giving us a hour and half.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Yosemite tour is a Must Do!!!
Jennifer_M
, Jul 2022
Our guide, Roman, was very knowledgeable about the history of the CA area and shared with us as we passed through each part. He gave us time to explore Yosemite so we never felt like we had to rush to see the sights. He allowed us to stop several times to take advantage of the breathtaking views in Yosemite. Roman was very flexible on the tour to find places to stop to eat or use the restroom, as the group needed. During our tour, several unexpected things popped up & Roman handled it gracefully & never let it affect the tour. He remained positive, adding humor to the “bumps in the road”. I’ve been on many tours throughout the US and overseas and this ranks at the top. It is a long day from San Francisco so be sure to listen to the tips of the guide and bring walking/hiking shoes, the recommended food & water, camera and a great attitude. The beauty of Yosemite is beyond words so it’s a tour you should add to your must do list if you are in CA. Our tour guide, Roman, made the beauty of Yosemite easy to access, understand the history & lots of fun. A must do!!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us. Roman is a wonderful guide to amazing Yosemite and we are glad you had a great day. Let's tour again soon.
star-5
Adventure with Ross
Chris_B
, Jul 2022
Other then Ross being the tour guide. My son and I enjoyed the hike down to the Redwoods and back up. Ross' knowledge of the area and the climbing history. El Captitan was incredible and the waterfalls. Wish we brought our swim suits.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks for your nice review of your Yosemite National Park tour. We will pass your kind words on to Ross. Travel well!
star-5
Tour guide Denise was...
Patricia_W
, Jul 2022
Tour guide Denise was great! Very knowledgeable & accommodating, kept to a time schedule so we made all our destinations on this sight packed trip. Was a great day! Wonderful way to relax & enjoy all the highlights of Yosemite.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We so glad you had nice experience in Yosemite with Denise. Let us know next time to plan to visit San Francisco. Take care.
star-5
Must go place in lifetime
Meg_C
, Jul 2022
The views are awesome and the tour guide Mike is knowledgeable to introduce the history or information about the place.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Mike loves to show off Yosemite. Thanks for your kind review! Travel well.

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