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Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

The Basics

Head to the Yosemite Valley to enjoy ranger-led hikes, nature talks, and evening star programs. Book a guided tour to ensure that you see all the top sights; opt for guided hiking, backpacking, or camping adventure; or take a photography class.

There are also tours to Yosemite from San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Lake Tahoe. These run anywhere from half-day trips to week-long tours, and many combine a trip to the Yosemite Valley with stops at other nearby attractions, such as the giant sequoias and Alcatraz. For a bird’s-eye view of the valley, check out a flightseeing tour.

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Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
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Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
$209.00 per adult
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Victor is awesome. Full...
Victor is awesome. Full of energy. Very informative and lets you explore. Definitely worth doing it.
Pratik_P, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Yosemite National Park

star-4
Great day trip
Caitlin_D, May 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
This trip is perfect if you are looking for high level attractions in Yosemite. If you want to hike or spend significant time at any one place, this is not for you. I am so glad we did this trip, but I wish masks were still enforced given the amount of time you spend in the van with other people. Another person in our group had a bad cough and I now have covid. The description says proof of vaccination required and masks required, but neither were enforced.
star-5
Yosemite is a must see
Ellen_W, May 2022
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
This was a wonderful experience. Yosemite is a must see and it was so nice having someone do the driving. The mini bus was clean and comfortable.
star-5
Fab day from start to finish!
Christie_P, Feb 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
Brian was amazing, knew so much information about pretty much everything I asked! He was kind, polite and most of all made sure we were all happy and used our time to the best ability. The van was modern and clean, both stops where in perfect locations! We recommend this company hugely and hopefully will return! Thanks
star-5
Our tour guide Brittany...
Jane_B, Jun 2022
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
Our tour guide Brittany was simply wonderful. I loved the background history of California and how Yosemite became a National Park. Ten out of ten.
star-5
Wonderful, well-informed...
SubhashBanerjee, Jan 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
Wonderful, well-informed guide who took all Covid precautions. Our favorite stop was seeing El Capitan.
star-5
FANTASTIC experience
Kevin_K, Jun 2022
2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco
My most memorable moment was when I saw a bear!! Plus, our guide Brittany was AWESOME!! She is so energetic and fun!!! Full of information and we loved her playlist of songs she played in the van❤️
star-5
Hike some trails, see some stars, make some friends.
Glyn_W, Jun 2022
3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco
The highlight was hiking to Vernal Falls, and seeing all the rainbows. Also loved sitting around with the group eating a meal together in the evening and having s’mores by the campfire.
star-5
wonderful trip !
Denise_C, Jun 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
the driver was amazing with so much local knowledge he was fun and informative. the entire group had a blast !
star-5
The 3-day Yosemite...
Nils_K, May 2022
3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco
The 3-day Yosemite camping and hiking trip was great, very much thanks to our excellent guide Aden! We had a fantastic hike up Misty trail to Verrnal and Nevada Falls. Just great.
star-5
Awesome
M_D, Jun 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
Awesome, the service was excellent! We went to multiple different spots and we were very happy with all of them!
star-5
Memorable trip
Pritesh_C, May 2022
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip from San Jose
It was fun, very beautiful. The trip was delayed by 30 mins due to other passages being late. But they did a great job in covering all the spots of Yosemite. Sufficient time and we'll coordinated.
star-5
Our tour guide, Parker,...
Gary_B, Jun 2022
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
Our tour guide, Parker, did a great job! Very organized, informative, and had just the right amount of narrative. The pickup and drop off were great! A relaxing, fun and great way to see Yosemite.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • You’ll have to pay an admission fee to visit Yosemite National Park; tickets are good for seven days. If you take the YART shuttles to the park, your shuttle ticket will include free entrance to the park.

  • Don’t forget sturdy hiking shoes, rain gear, sunscreen, a hat, and a backpack for day hikes.

  • The Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall hikes are paved and wheelchair accessible.

  • Accommodations at the park range from campgrounds to distinctive, upscale hotels.

  • Campers usually prepare their own meals in the park, but the valley also boasts a variety of restaurants.

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How to Get There

The Yosemite Valley is located in the western Sierra Nevada mountains, about 190 miles (306 kilometers) east of San Francisco. To reach the Yosemite Valley by car from the Bay Area, take I-580 east, continue onto I-205 east, merge onto I-5 north, and then take CA-120 east to Yosemite Ave. You can also reach the park via public transportation: Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses run to the town of Merced where you can hop on a YARTS shuttle to Yosemite. A free shuttle provides transportation within the park.

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When to Get There

Peak tourist season at Yosemite Valley runs from early June through the end of August, so visit in the spring or fall if you want to avoid the largest crowds. The valley is at its most dramatic in late spring, when the waterfalls are at their fullest. Whenever you choose to visit, make sure to start your days early; sunrise is one of the best times to capture photos of the iconic sights.

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Best Yosemite Valley Day Hikes

If you only have time for one hike in Yosemite Valley, take the Mist Trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls. If you have more time, hike to Half Dome and climb to the summit with the help of handrails embedded into the rock. The 14- to 16-mile (22- to 26-kilometer) round-trip hike is strenuous in spots, but it's well worth it for the fantastic panoramic views of Yosemite Valley and the High Sierra.

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Yosemite Valley
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Yosemite Valley?
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Attractions near Yosemite Valley:
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What else should I know about attractions in Yosemite National Park?
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As well as visiting the Yosemite Valley, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: