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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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iconOffered in: English and 9 more

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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
Day trip to Yosemite!
Joey_A
, Jul 2022
This trip came in clutch when we realized a little too late that we needed reservations. Dustin our tour guide did a great job showing us the highlights. Our favorite spot was the Lower Yosemite Falls Trail. You’ll spend your whole time there. Bring food because you won’t want to waste time in the lodge with the limited time you’re down there. 5/5 Experience! Would definitely recommend. Thanks again Dustin!
star-5
Amazing tour at an affordable price!
Don_O
, Jul 2022
Our tour Gino was the best! He really takes pride in being a guide and is extremely knowledgable and funny!
star-5
Great trip, tour guide and facilities
Suraj_S
, Jul 2022
It was a really amazing trip, very enjoyable! With enough time to explore the park between stops, and an amazing tour guide(Roman) keeping things interesting and funny, we really enjoyed this trip, and got to see a lot of the Valley that we just wouldn't have, had we gone by ourselves!
star-3
Not happy with the tour, but Yosemeti is still as spectacular
Sanjoy_T
, Jul 2022
I revisited Yosemeti after 25 years and it’s still as beautiful. But I’m not happy with the tour. For the price that I paid, i had expected a better bus. It’s hot and the air conditioning was not working most of the time. The trip was long as expected and it was uncomfortable. Many people in our tour asked for more air because some were feeling sweaty and dizzy. Nothing much was done about it. The tour guide is another reason for my low rating. He was not as knowledgeable as we expected and his view/speech about tipping was unethical. We always tip reasonably but to tell us how much we should be giving is not right. He talked about this at the very beginning of our trip and many of our copassengers were upset about this. He also wasn’t pleasant explaining how we should be back in time or else the bus would leave us. We all understand that we’re crunched for time when we’re seeing a park this big in such a short time. But how he spoke about how he’s a stickler for time and that we needed to maintain the given guidelines almost sounded offensive. We have been on many bus tours, but we have not come across a guide who is so aggressive. The bus driver was very nice but we were encouraged to give him less tip. When we booked the trip, we all knew that this is not gonna be leisurely stroll kind of a day. But we felt more rushed than we had expected. This will not be our last trip to yosemeti but we will probably do more research before choosing a tour.
star-5
The tour was amazing and...
Paulina_l
, Jul 2022
The tour was amazing and Dennis is very wise, she knows everything about Yosemite and the surrounding and that makes the trip more interesting and enjoyable, a great asset for the company!
star-5
Gino truly enjoys his...
Erica_S
, Jul 2022
Gino truly enjoys his job! He told informative humorous stories and shared his favorite photo spots while driving hair pin turns without missing a beat.
star-1
A tour-toure
Ricardo_A
, Jun 2022
I’ll call you to request my money back, I hope I don’t have to dispute this charge. It was a terrible experience. The bus was not suited for this long trip, it didn’t had a bathroom, the seats were not comfortable, no place to put trash, no curtains and the AC was no working property. On the top of that there was not any guide or audio guide in Spanish. It was a tour-ture. To close my review the schedule was not properly set based in the customers, it take too much time for the meals, souvenirs stops where the guide take commissions. And only one hour to visit the Sequoias which was the main attraction. Only when you get to the park you realize it’s impossible for an average adult to get the main sequoias take pictures and come back in one hour, how you can advertise with pictures something that can not be done??? The Guide/Driver/etc was a great guy but his good personality couldn’t help much with the nightmare.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Ricardo, please call our Guest Services office asap. We do not see your booking in our records. Are you sure it was an Extranomical tour? Let's make things right if it was: call (415) 357-0700.
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star-5
Great experience a must do
DEVDAS_S
, Jun 2022
The tour guide Roman was fantastic. Informative and had a great sense of humour, he stopped for us to take photos at different places. The tour was good. Took us to all the important locations
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
So glad to got to do a 'must do' tour in California. Let's do a different tour on your next trip. Many thanks.
star-5
Excellent trip to Yosemite
Janette_B
, Jun 2022
Michael was very informative and made the long day bearable. It was a lot to cover for one day but we got to see a lot and learned info about San Francisco.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for joining our Yosemite tour and leaving such a nice review for Michael. Let's tour again soon!
star-4
Great park. The guide , well, you gotta be lucky.
Niema_H
, Jun 2022
Yosemite is awesome. One day covers all the major sites. The guide had a strong accent. I didn’t understand a lot of what he said (supplemented his explanations by reading Wikipedia). The group was very polite and showed up on time. There are 3 stops to buy breakfast and dinner (in supermarket in oakdale. ) And buy a lunch at the park unless you pack a lunch in oakdale or at home. Use the 2 “lunch hours” wisely. Do not take the green bus around the park. It’s 1.5 hours. Walk around. Ask information to get the most out of your free time. The bus had 2 problems 1. The video tv was not functioning so we heard a video but didn’t see it. 2. The brakes smelled!!. I was anxious on the return trip, downhill for 5 miles of twists and turns.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Good to hear that enjoyed your tour of Yosemite National Park. Thanks for your comments, all of which we have followed up on. Let us know the next time you are in San Francisco.
star-5
Yosemite Tour
Henry_M
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Mike was excellent :) He provided very informative and interesting information that helped the time go by quickly on the way to and from the park.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for taking the time to write us a review of your Yosemite tour. We'll pass your kind words on to Mike. Take good care.
star-5
The tour was exceptional....
Ann_H
, Jun 2022
The tour was exceptional. There was so much to see and do. Just not enough time. I wish it was longer.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for your kind review. Please come tour with us again soon!
star-5
Wonderful Yosemite
Rudolph_F
, Jun 2022
Ross was a great tour guide. He knew the local history of San Francisco and Oakland. He told us about the history of Yosemite. He was attuned to everyone. Took time to get to know the customers. He is humorous and dedicated to the customers and park. Our bus driver was wonderful- he was great on those curvy roads.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Such kind words! Thanks for you review and we're so happy you had a great time in Yosemite. Happy trails!
star-5
Yosemite seen from a Texans eyes
Clinton_M
, Jun 2022
Wow what a day! Absolutely beautiful sights! We seen it all!! Time taken out for breakfast, lunch and dinner along with numerous potty breaks! Ride was very nice and comfy. Best part was Dustin our guide. Very very knowledgeable about the park and towns on the drive up and back. Kind and courteous to all. Would definitely do again with Dustin!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review your tour day. Dustin enjoyed have you on his tour. Travel well!
star-5
Excellent trip
Laura_G
, Jun 2022
Ross is an excellent guide who worked hard to make sure we saw the park highlights and beauty. I recommend this trip.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks so much for your recommendation. We'll pass your thoughts on to Ross. Travel safely home.
star-5
Denise our Tour Guide...
Ipuk_R
, Jun 2022
Denise our Tour Guide very nice and knowledge about Yosemite and very friendly always helping people.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Denise loves showing off Yosemite. We are so glad you got to enjoy it. Take care.
star-5
Awesome - the real meaning of the word.
Christine_C
, Jun 2022
Viewing these colossal structures for the first time was breath taking. Pictures can never be anything like it.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We agree...Yosemite defies description. So glad you got to take it all in! Travel safely back home.
star-5
Amazing
neil_s
, Jun 2022
El capitan yosemite falls and a very informative guide the giant sequioas were fantastic .awsome day trip
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
It is wonderful to hear you had an awesome time in Yosemite. With the late snow, Yosemite Falls is still doing its thing. Take care!
star-5
Highly recommend - esp Denise as the tour guide
Patricia_O
, Jun 2022
Denise was one of the most fantastic tour guides I’ve ever listened to. So informative, engaging and professional
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
That's quite a compliment! Denise will be delighted to hear that. Let's do it again soon.
star-5
Timely, beautiful sights and well organized
Jayaraman_S
, Jun 2022
It was a wonderful experience with Viator! The guide was great he entertained us on the ride and was in time. Also, he was friendly and very patient.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for taking the time to review our Yosemite tour. Glad you enjoyed it. Take care.

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