Experience the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco in just one day. After a guided tour to the gates of Yosemite, you'll spend 5 hours inside the park with free time for hiking, biking, picnicking or just exploring (and photographing!) the breathtaking monuments and waterfalls. The tour makes memory-making stops at Tuolumne Grove where you can hike with other travelers among Giant Sequoias and, later, take in the mind-altering views at Inspiration Point, Half Dome, El Capitan and more.
Your journey begins with a convenient pickup at your hotel. You'll cross the San Francisco Bay Bridge en route to the Sierra Nevada mountain range, driving through gold rush towns as your guide carries you back to the era of the old West. This is the only 1-day tour that let's you experience the famous Sierra Nevada redwoods. On arrival at Yosemite National Park, your first experience will be hiking to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias (weather permitting) and having your breath taken away by their size and majesty. This is an unguided and strenuous hike for some, so consult with your guide about taking it. Continue your journey through Yosemite with a stop at Inspiration Point for a bird’s-eye view of the whole valley. Gaze up at the massive granite formations of Half Dome and El Capitan, watch for rock climbers as they daringly make their way to the summit. In the springtime, marvel at the tallest waterfall in the park, Yosemite Falls. Later, you will have 1-2 hours of free time to explore Yosemite Valley. For lunch, enjoy a picnic next to the Merced River or visit one of the restaurants at Yosemite Lodge (not included). Pick from a variety of activities available within the park, like: hiking to one of Yosemite's waterfalls, spotting a black bear; renting bikes for a leisurely trip through the valley, cooling off in lovely river pools (summer), or simply relaxing at the Valley Visitor Center or Ansel Adams Gallery.
When it's time to head back to San Francisco, sit back and enjoy the scenic ride through the Sierra Nevada and into the sunset. 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. In this event, other activities may be substituted in its place.