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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco - with unbiased reviews

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco

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Don’t let time constraints keep you from making the trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. A day trip lets you visit the park’s major attractions such as Half Dome, Tuolumne Grove, and El Capitan—and still make it back to the city in time for dinner.
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  • 1
    Yosemite Valley
    Stop: 5 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 3
    Tunnel View
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 4
    Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 5
    Yosemite Falls
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 6
    Valley Visitor Center
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • Travel round trip from San Francisco to Yosemite in a single day
  • See the park’s most famous attractions, Half Dome and El Capitan
  • Enjoy free time to explore Yosemite Valley on your own
  • Ride through historic gold mining towns and into the Sierra Nevada mountains
  • Guided commentary helps the long bus ride fly by
What to Expect
Begin your day with pickup from your select San Francisco hotel or central meeting point. Head out of the city and through historic Gold Rush towns en route to the Sierra Nevada—commentary from your guide makes the drive fly by. Upon arrival, take a hike past some of the oldest and largest redwood trees in the world at Tuolumne Grove (weather permitting). Snap a photo inside a tunneled-out tree, or see how many people it takes to wrap arms around a trunk. Continue to Glacier Point for an unbeatable view of Yosemite Valley. Look out for expert rock climbers scaling the world-class cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan, and in the springtime, see the 2,400 foot-tall (740 meter) cascade of Yosemite Falls. Spend time dining or exploring the park on your own before reconvening with your guide for the return to San Francisco. Please note: Some itinerary items are weather dependent, and itinerary may be adapted to make the most of Yosemite during different seasons. The giant sequoias are best visited between May and October, as winter ice and snow may prevent access during the rest of the year.
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Departure Point
Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA Hotel Zephyr, 250 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
14–15 hours
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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)
  • Free Wifi on vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Yosemite Valley
  • Gratuities
  • Child safety seat for children under 8 years old or 4' 9" (1.4 meters) required
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 41 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
1 752Review
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By: Extranomical Tours
Andy M
Daventry, United Kingdom
Amazing Trip
Although a long day, it was well worth it. The pick up time was exactly as we had been advised, 6am. The journey
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Eduardo A
San Francisco, California
Great experience
Great experience, a little rushed but, still worth it, would be great if the time spent at the woods could extend
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Great tour into a beautiful area
Had a super trip with guide Trish. She told interesting and fun stories during the bus ride and also let us relax
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Sabrina D
Celbridge, Ireland
Thoroughly Enjoyable
We had a fantastic tour with Kimmy! Muir Woods is a beautiful, tranquil trail which is the perfect way to start
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Amazing trip worth every penny. We booked this day trip to take place on my 30th birthday to try and do something
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Maeve W
Sydney, Australia
Convenient and fun way to see Yosemkte
My partner and I were worried about driving to Yosemite in winter as we were told certain roads we might not have
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Great tour but left to our own devices
I had a great day on this tour but I did expect aspects such as the Muir Wood Tour to be escorted. I was a little
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Andy T
A must do experience
An absolutely incredible experience! Trish was an amazing guide, lots of interesting and funny facts and tid bits
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Awesome Yosemite
Our guide, Denise, was very informative throughout the tour. The Yosemite in itself is to be seen to be believed!!
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Vivienne G
Stunning Yosemite
With a 6.00 am pick a block from our hotel this was a long and full day but the weather was perfect for seeing the
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Key Details
  • Duration: 14–15 hours
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
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