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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
"Great Tour Operator"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2019 NEW
I booked two tours with Incredible Adventures and they both are great. I would like to spend longer time in Yosemite but the drive from San Francisco is really long so it’s understandable it doesn’t cover more area. I like the format of the tours that you can really spend time exploring by yourself rather than entirely led by tour guides which I enjoy a lot as a solo traveler. My tour guide for both tours is Kate and she’s awesome. Highly recommended.
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"Worth every penny!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2019 NEW
Went on the 1 day Yosemite tour from San Fran. The pictures you’ve seen just don’t do the place justice, you have to see it yourself to really appreciate it. Shoutout to Jill, our guide, who was very knowledgable about the geography and history of the park and provided great recommendations for walks once on the valley floor. I particularly enjoyed her conservationist/environmentalist viewpoint on things and learned about the wildlife (especially the bears) and the role of good forest fires for regeneration. Absolutely would not hesitate recommending Inc Adventures to anyone thinking about taking the tour of Yosemite! November was also a really good time to go because it’s a bit cooler and there aren’t the same crowds in the park.
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Brendan G
"Amazing Yosemite camping and hiking experience. Guide - Mikayla"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2019
I joined a group of 10 travelers on a 3 day Yosemite camping trip. The group was immediately very friendly and we all got along throughout the trip. Everything was as advertised and I can’t say enough great things about our guide Mikayla. She was knowledgeable, organized and always up for a chat. This tour was a great way to experience Yosemite. I would highly recommend.
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
"Muir Woods, Sausalito, Hawk Hill"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 21, 2019
Awesome trip with Daniel! Brilliant driver, very friendly and knowledgeable. Really enjoyed this excellent value half day trip - warmly recommended.
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2019
The tour was very well organized and interesting. Jill, our guide, was very knowledabke in general, but in particular about Yosemite. She was willing to accommodate individual interests.
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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.