Yosemite in a Day - Full Day Yosemite Tour from San Francisco, CA

Tower Tours San Francisco288 Beach StreetSan Francisco, CA 94133
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Those who love nature and the great outdoors will love this one-day Yosemite tour. See sights such as El Capitan and Half Dome on your way to Yosemite Valley, where you’ll have up to three hours of personal time to explore the park at your leisure. America’s iconic Yosemite National Park boasts majestic waterfalls, impressive granite cliffs, and plunging valleys.

up to 15 hrs 1 to 23 people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Francisco Travel Experts
  • See sights like El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and more.
  • Tour duration is approximately 15 hours, including 3-4 hours inside the park.
  • Appropriate for guests of all ages.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off included.
  • Excludes hiking gear, activity rentals, food, and drinks.
  • Dress in layers and wear sturdy footwear.
  • Bring your camera and spare cash.


from Tower Tours: Yosemite in a Day
Yosemite National Park is the “Crown Jewel” of the National Parks System! Enjoy this full-day Yosemite tour from San Francisco to one of the nation’s oldest national parks!

The Yosemite in a Day tour from Tower Tours begins with a three to four-hour drive to Yosemite Valley. You will have a brief rest stop halfway to the valley. While on board the bus, your tour guide will provide narration, and you will see such sights as:
  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • El Capitan
  • Half Dome
  • Merced River
  • Valley views

Once in the valley, you can enjoy up to 3 hours of leisure time exploring the park. You can walk to the base of Yosemite Falls, check out the visitor center, visit the Ansel Adams Gallery, stop at the Ahwahnee Hotel, rent a cruiser bike, or hike some of the trails that originate in the valley.

Although you could spend three weeks in Yosemite, the three hours of leisure time you get on your own is enough time to understand why Yosemite is one of America’s most popular national parks.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Tower Tours: Yosemite in a Day

How long is this Yosemite tour from San Francisco?

The Yosemite in a Day tour lasts approximately 15 hours, including transportation, sightseeing, and park time. The drive to Yosemite Valley is about 3.5 - 4 hours, with a brief rest stop halfway through the valley.

Will I be picked up from my hotel?

Pickup service is available from most San Francisco hotels. After tour booking, a pickup location will be arranged at one of 5 pickup “zones” in San Francisco. Complimentary pickup service is unavailable for East Bay, South Bay, or North Bay guests. Guests staying in these areas of San Francisco are recommended to take BART or CALTRAIN into San Francisco, where pickup service can be arranged.

Will I be transported back to my hotel after the tour?

Yes. Guests will be dropped off at the location nearest their hotel.

Are meals included in this Yosemite day tour?

Food and beverages are not included nor provided during the tour. However, the tour provides ample time to purchase meals in stores you will pass.

What is included in the tour cost?

This tour includes transportation, a professional guide, and the park entrance fee. You will have a guided narration as you see sights such as the Bridal Veil Falls, El Capitan, Half Dome, Merced River, Valley Views, and more.

What should I wear on the tour?

Considering the daily changes in San Francisco weather, it is recommended that guests wear layers or bring a light jacket in the case of rain. Sturdy footwear is recommended for exploration within Yosemite National Park.

Is this tour suitable for children?

Yes. Please note, child seats are required for all children under the age of 8 and/or weighing less than 60lb (27kg). Car seat rentals are available with Cloud of Goods, with delivery to your hotel.

Is seating on the bus reserved?

Seating is first-come-first-serve. Front seats are reserved only for guests with medical restrictions.