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Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Tour from San Francisco

This 5-star Yosemite bus tour from San Francisco takes you to the awe-inspiring monuments of Half Dome and El Capitan. Bridalveil, Horsetail and Yosemite Falls make dramatic appearances during most seasons. Unlike other Yosemite tours, if conditions are right, you may hike among giant Yosemite trees and to the Swinging Bridge on the Meadow Loop Trail.

Hike to Yosemite’s Giant Sequoias trees (conditions permitting)
Inspiration Point, El Capitan and the trail to Yosemite Falls visit
Explore Yosemite Valley with 2 hours of free time
Local expert guide (English)
Foreign language audios in 8 languages
Pickup at most San Francisco hotels
Park entry fee included at checkout
Daily departures
Meals or beverages
Guide gratuity: recommended

Yosemite National Park Tour Highlights

  • Visit & Hike Yosemite in a Day: Only 1-day tour from San Francisco that includes hike to Giant Sequoias (conditions permitting)
  • Get More Time in the Park: This tour spends the most time in the Yosemite Park—over 5 hours
  • Listen in Different Languages: Fully guided in English; audio guides in 8 languages for international guests
  • See 4 Major Yosemite Sights: Stops to explore Inspiration Point, Yosemite Valley, El Capitan Meadow and Valley View
  • Get More Photography Opportunities: Photograph Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Falls, and Half Dome

This San Francisco tour to Yosemite National Park is jam-packed with the towering granite monuments of Half Dome, Cathedral Peak and El Capitan, all forged by dramatic Mesozoic Era geology. You will see Bridalveil Fall, Horsetail and Yosemite Falls put on impressive water displays. Unlike other Yosemite tours, you can enjoy nature hikes in Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and on the Meadow Loop Trail to the Swinging Bridge.

Experience Yosemite in a Day from San Francisco

Your Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Tour begins with a convenient pickup in at your downtown hotel. Then head east out of San Francisco to Yosemite, crossing through California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley before climbing into the rocky Sierra Nevada mountains. We also offer pickups for this tour from San Jose to Yosemite or Groveland to Yosemite. Relax as you learn the colorful gold rush history of the region. The tour pauses half-way to Yosemite to stretch your legs and grab refreshments.

Soon after finishing the trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco, you will experience the quiet solitude of the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. You will not doubt for a second that these Yosemite trees are the largest living creatures on the planet. No picture does them justice, but that should not keep you from trying!

In winter, when conditions on the Tuolumne Grove trail are snow-covered or unsafe, we substitute this experience with other attractions. See our Yosemite National Park Winter Tour from San Francisco.

Drive Down Yosemite Valley with a Stop at Inspiration Point

Your heart will be racing as we head down into Yosemite Valley and make the next stop at Inspiration Point, a view of the valley made famous by Ansel Adams and hundreds of artists since. Take a moment and then some selfies with El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point, Cathedral Peak and Bridalveil Fall as your backdrop.

Once we reach the floor of Yosemite Valley, you will have a couple of hours of free time to grab a quick picnic lunch. Then, check out the Ansel Adams Gallery or the Yosemite Valley Wilderness Center in Yosemite Village. Both are great spots to pick up some souvenirs and gifts for friends back home.

Marvel at Yosemite’s Wildlife, Foliage, and Views

Besides giant trees, Yosemite Valley is home to more than 400 types of species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. In Spring, wildflowers blanket the valley floor. The Lower Yosemite Falls, Mist and Meadow Loop trailheads are all near to Yosemite Valley Lodge. Each is guaranteed to delight hikers of any age.

After re-boarding your tour vehicle, your day has more highlights. The tour makes a photo stop at El Capitan Meadow where you can get a straight-on view of the Yosemite icon, an impressive vantage point for Cathedral Rocks, and, if the season is right, Horsetail Fall which produces the famous “firefall” in late-February.

Your Yosemite experience ends on a high note at Valley View. This spot serves up a view along the banks of the Merced River framed by El Capitan and the imposing spires of Cathedral Rocks. This is a great spot for your “saying goodbye” selfie.

Why Tour Yosemite With Extranomical:

  • This is the only one-day Yosemite tour from San Francisco with a hike to the giant redwoods in Tuolumne Grove. Travel and Hospitality Awards named this the best Yosemite tour from San Francisco for its jaw-dropping natural beauty.
  • The tour has earned more 5-star guest reviews than any other San Francisco tour to Yosemite National Park. As part of our commitment to a sustainable environment, Extranomical Tours supports NatureBridge, whose proven in-the-field programs at national parks inspire self-discovery and environmental stewardship in young learners.  Help us by donating at checkout.
  • We conduct this tour every day of the year, so it is easy to fit into your travel schedule. If your plan changes—no worries. Our local guest services team will happily re-book you for another day.
  • We’re so confident that our Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Tour will amaze you—it’s backed by a Satisfaction Guarantee.

Things to Know About This Yosemite National Park Tour:

During winter months, warm, layered clothing is often needed. You will need sturdy, comfortable shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads for the best experiences on the park’s trails.

The Giant Sequoias hike on the Yosemite Giant Sequoia Tour is dependent on snow levels and trail conditions and may not be available from October to May.

The hike to the Tuolumne Grove of redwoods includes 400 feet (122 meters) of incline on the return and can be difficult. It should not be attempted by guests with respiratory or cardio conditions.


06:30 AM to 10:30 AM: Pick up & Drive to Yosemite

  • Begin your Yosemite National Park tour with a convenient hotel pickup
  • Rest stop. Pick up snacks and lunch for the park
  • Learn the history of the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Gold Country
  • Listen as your guide prepares you for a day in Yosemite National Park

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM: Park Entry & Hike

  • Enter Yosemite National Park
  • Hike to 2,000-year-old Yosemite trees (conditions permitting) in the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM: Visit Inspiration Point to Marvel at Major Yosemite Sights

  • Be inspired at Inspiration Point/Tunnel View
  • Enjoy views of El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Dome and Cathedral Rocks
  • Capture photographs of Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls

1:30 PM to 3:30 PM: Free Time in Yosemite Valley

  • Two hours of free time in Yosemite Valley
  • Explore the trail to the Lower Yosemite Falls
  • Hike to the photogenic Swinging Bridge or Lower Yosemite Falls
  • Grab a picnic lunch at Yosemite Lodge (meal not included)

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM: Stop at El Capitan Meadow

  • Stretch your legs at El Capitan Meadow
  • Take your last look at Valley View

4:30 PM to 9:00 PM: Departure, Break for Dinner, and Dropoff

  • Descend the Sierras as you return from Yosemite to San Francisco
  • Break for dinner and refreshments
  • Watch as the sun sets into California’s golden hills
  • Conclude the tour at your pickup location

Times listed are approximations. Traffic and unforeseen events can cause delays.  Please do not make flight/travel arrangements on the same day as your tour.

We are passionate about this National Park and have written several blogs and guides outlining Yosemite tips and guides to help you prepare and get excited about your trip to Yosemite.

Audio tours available in 8 languages

Important Information
Does this tour operate every day?

Yes, this tour runs 365 days a year.

How long is the tour?

The Yosemite and Giant Sequoias tour takes 14-15 hours and includes 4-5 hours in the park.

How long is the drive to Yosemite?

The drive is about 4 hours. We will make a stop halfway so you can stretch your legs and gather refreshments.

What do I need to know about the Giant Sequoias hike?

The hike is dependent on the trail conditions. Tuolumne Grove usually available from April to October. The hike is about 2 miles round-trip (about 60 minutes) on a paved trail with 400 feet (122 meters) incline on the return. If you choose not to participate in the hike, there is a comfortable outdoor seating area and restrooms.

What is the best time of year to visit Yosemite Valley?

Each season in Yosemite Valley offers its own advantages. Summer is the best chance for sunny and warm hikes, Fall offers peace and solitude at the popular attractions, Winter means a blanket of snow over all the rock monuments and Spring features the peak of the annual Yosemite Valley waterfall show.

Is a day enough time to see Yosemite?

The Yosemite Valley Loop containing the most dramatic attractions is just 16-miles (26 kilometers) and can be done easily in a day tour from San Francisco. If you would prefer to linger and do some trail hiking, there are a range of options hotel and tent cabin options for organizing multi-day tour. See Overnight options here

How can I travel around the park during my free time?

Walking is best form of transportation in the Valley. We do not recommend public transportation or park shuttles during your free time since you cannot certain about getting back the tour vehicle on time. The most popular attractions are a short distance from the drop-off point near Yosemite Valley Lodge.

Can I use my annual pass for the United States National Parks to enter Yosemite for free?

Unfortunately, you cannot use your pass on this tour. The entrance for Yosemite National Park is based on the vehicle and not on an individual basis. Therefore, the tour cost includes the admission fee.

Is admission included?

The Yosemite Entrance fee is included in the price of your tour.

Do you pick up outside of San Francisco?

Yes, we can pick you up in San Jose (make the reservation here), or if you're staying in the East Bay, we pick up in Livermore as well. We also offer a pickup from Groveland, California (make the reservation here).

Do you offer this tour in different languages?

The tour is narrated in English but we offer complimentary recorded audio guides in 8 languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, and Portuguese. If an audio guide is required, please specify when booking

I'm travelling with a child. Do I need a child seat?

Please note that for your child's safety, we cannot allow children under 8 years of age or 4' 9" in height on the tour without a child safety seat or booster seat. If you do not have a safety seat with you, contact our office and we will assist with arrangements.

Is this a guided tour?

Yes, the tour is guided with an English-speaking guide. There will also be time on your own during the stops. For our international guests, we offer complimentary recorded audio guides in 8 languages. If an audio guide is required, please specify when booking.

What is the average temperature?

Yosemite weather varies depending on the season. Average temperature data is below.

Average High temperature: 87°F / 31°C
Average Low temperature: 55°F / 13°C

Average High temperature: 48°F / 9°C
Average Low temperature: 29°F / -2°C

What should I wear?

We recommend that you wear layered clothing in case of unexpected changes in temperature or precipitation. We do not recommend wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts in the winter. For footwear, we recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as regular tennis shoes, sneakers, or boots with rubber soles and treads. In the summer months, hiking sandals can be worn but high heels, beach flip-flops, and other open-toed shoes are not recommended.

What should I bring?

Comfortable shoes for walking
Extra spending money for meals, snacks, souvenirs etc
A light jacket (easily removable) in case of wind
Water bottle
Warm clothes and a waterproof jacket (during the winter months)
Hat and sunscreen (during the summer months)
Sturdy umbrella (if the forecast calls for rain)

Are meals included? Can I buy or bring my own?

Meals are not included on this tour. We do make a stop about halfway to and from Yosemite, where you can buy a snack or meal to take with you. There are also restaurants and a food court in Yosemite Valley where you can purchase lunch and snacks.

How accurate are the times on the itinerary?

Times listed are approximates only. Traffic and other unforeseen issues can cause delays or changes in these times, which are out of our control. Please do not make flight/travel arrangements on the same day as your tour. Extranomical Tours is not responsible for and will not be providing any compensation for missed flights or appointments.

How will we recognize the vehicle?

As we have several different vehicles, all are clearly marked “Extranomical Tours”. Your guide will have your name and announce the arrival of the vehicle at your pick-up location.

Are there restrooms on board the vehicles?

Our vehicles at this time do not have any restroom facilities. We do, however, make several stops throughout the tours and there will be opportunities for you to use the restroom.

Can I bring a suitcase or large item?

We ask that you do not bring anything on tour larger than 22”x14”x9”, or 56cmx36cmx23cm.

Can I bring a wheelchair?

Please notify us at time of booking if you are bringing a wheelchair on the tour so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Please note that we are unable to guarantee an ADA vehicle.

Do you have a lost and found?

Yes, items left in the vehicle are stored in a lost and found area for 30 days. If you left something on one of our tours, please give us a call office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or 1-415-357-0700 to see if it has been found. Once you have confirmed with us that your item has been found by our staff and you are still in town, you can come by our office to pick up your item. Otherwise, we will ship almost any item to any destination within the U.S. for a flat fee of $25. Extranomical Tours is not responsible for lost or stolen items

Do I need to call to reconfirm my tour?

Yes, we request that you reach out to us at least a day in advance to confirm your tour and pick up details. You can contact us via our live chat function or by calling our office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or +1-415-3570700 during office hours. You can call us from your hotel’s phone if you do not have a working mobile phone while you are in the area.

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