Yosemite National Park Day Tour in San Francisco, CA

Incredible Adventures765 Pennsylvania Ave.San Francisco, CA 94107
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Your dream of exploring Yosemite National Park is about to come true. Enjoy a guided day tour through the magnificent natural wonder and experience the majestic waterfalls, stunning rock formations, and so much more. This is the perfect way to spend your day in California. Get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime at the beautiful Yosemite National Park.


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Yosemite is a magnificent wilderness only a few hours’ drive from San Francisco. A Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco will complete your trip to Northern California.

Your day in Yosemite park includes a guided in-coach tour of Yosemite Valley with our informative and professional guides providing history and insight into one of the earth’s best examples of a glaciated valley.

The day begins with a hotel pick-up between 6:15 am and 7:00 am. Heading east across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge offers great views of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. En Route to the park we cross through the Central Valley, where we will stop at a fruit stand for some local produce.

Famous for its rich volcanic soil, the Central Valley is the largest agricultural region in the United States. The section we drive through is best known for specialty fruits and nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cherries, and strawberries. After this quick rest stop, we enter the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

Continuing into the mountains brings us to California gold country and the gold rush town of Groveland before we wind our way into Yosemite National Park. Maps in hand, we begin with a one and a half hour in-coach narrated tour of Yosemite's glaciated valley. You will see famous waterfalls and rock formations including Yosemite Falls—the tallest waterfall in North America—El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, Sentinel Dome, and much more. During the tour, you will see Yosemite Valley from a number of great vantage points, the best of which is perhaps Inspiration Point. At 4,500 feet above sea level, this viewpoint gives you a commanding view east up the valley. Yosemite is a mecca for rock climbers and the sight of people climbing El Capitan's 3,200 ft. (1000m) the sheer rock face is quite amazing.

Because of our small group size, we can incorporate multiple photos stops into our tour so you can better enjoy your time in the park. After the tour, we stop for the afternoon near the base of Yosemite Falls, where there are a variety of options for lunch (not included). After eating, you will have 3-4 hours of free time to explore the valley as you choose.

You can walk to the base of Yosemite Falls, check out the visitor center, visit the Ansel Adams Gallery, stop in at the Ahwahnee Hotel, rent a cruiser bike, or hike some of the trails that originate from the valley. Although you could spend three weeks in Yosemite, the three hours you get on your own is enough time to understand why Yosemite is one of America's most popular national parks. Regrouping again in the late afternoon, we head for San Francisco, stopping for a short break before arriving back in the city and dropping you at your lodging between 8:30 pm and 9:00 pm.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
"Muir Woods, Wine, and Sausalito tour "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 14, 2019 NEW
Kate was a fantastic tour guide. She was very knowledgeable with the areas that we visited. She gave great advice and was funny. Her stories were great to hear as well.
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Fort Myers, Florida
"Sonoma and Muir Woods tour w Kate "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 14, 2019 NEW
We had an awesome time with family and new friends! Kate was fun and super knowledgeable with all facets. We couldn’t find a question to stump her with!
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Fort Myers, Florida
"Muir Woods and winery tour "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 14, 2019 NEW
Had a fabulous day with Kate today. Very knowledgeable and fun to be with. Would definitely request for her to be your guide for a great day exploring more than the city
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Saint Louis, Missouri
"Yosemite 1 day tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 14, 2019 NEW
We took the one day tour to Yosemite on 7/3, and could not be happier! Rourke was an excellent host/guide on the trip from SF to Yosemite. Not only did he provide info about Yosemite, but also about San Francisco and various spots on the way. We were initially concerned that the almost 4 hour one-way trip would be boring, but it was far from it. It was the right amount of interaction with the group (including people from Switzerland, Belgium, England, China, as well as some U.S. cities). Once we got to the park, there was another 45 minutes or so to get to the drop off area. Rourke stopped at a number of scenic spots for us to take photos. Once we got to the drop off point, we had 3 hours on our own. Rourke had given us suggestions on which trails to take to make best use of our time. We had the best day - temps in the low-mid 80s, little humidity, and not a cloud in the sky! After our 3 hours, we got back on the van. Rourke stopped at a few other scenic spots in the park for us to see before we left. A quiet but enjoyable trip back. Rourke gave us some suggestions of cheap places to eat and other things to do in SF. Halfway on the way to and coming back from Yosemite, we stopped at a strip mall which had a grocery store w/deli where we could pick up snacks, etc. Great idea! Rourke was excellent! Engaging, friendly, and knows his stuff! We've already recommended Incredible Adventures to others we know are looking for tours not only to Yosemite, but to other locations as well. Thank you so much!
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"Sausalito Ferry + Muir Woods Day Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 13, 2019 NEW
Excellent communication, scenic wisdom, wonderful information, good driving, with a friendly and extroverted tour guide- Micayla was a particular gem on this trip, sharing a personalized take on San Fran life and insightful astute wisdom on things to do in Sausalito! Incandescent and beautiful times all around! Much appreciation!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Yosemite National Park Day Tour

How long is the tour?
The Yosemite National Park one-day tour is approximately 14-15 hours long.

What should I bring on the tour?
It is recommended that tour guests bring the following items with them:

  • Camera and charger/batteries
  • Spending money for lunch and other expenditures
  • Sneakers or hiking boots
  • Swimwear, towel, sandals (optional)
  • Bug spray
  • Sun protection
  • Water bottle
During the colder months (November through April) it is suggested that guests bring/wear warm outdoor attire such as gloves, a knit hat, and a jacket.

What is included in the tour?
The tour includes the following:
  • Complimentary pickup/drop off from your San Francisco hotel
  • Full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
  • Narrated in-coach tour of Yosemite (1.5 hrs)
  • 3 hours of free time in the Valley
  • Yosemite Park entrance fee
  • Transportation to/from Yosemite in biofuel mini-coach
Meals are not included in the tour and guests should bring money to purchase food while at one of the stops.