San Francisco is a beautiful city, but there’s nothing like the awe-inspiring natural wonders of the nearby Yosemite Valley, including towering peaks, roaring falls, and bountiful wildlife. Here are your options for making the most of a day trip from the city.
See the top sights (El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, Glacier Point, Tunnel View, and more) with the help of a naturalist tour guide.
Learn about the famous national park’s natural and human history, including an overview of major landmarks and local wildlife.
Relax and enjoy the scenery on your own, or with a guide on a hike.
Enjoy roundtrip transportation from San Francisco, plus pre-arranged meals, to make the most of your limited time.
Combine your trip to Yosemite with a stop to see the giant sequoia trees at Sequoia National Park on the way back to the Bay Area.
Things to Know
Yosemite National Park is located 200 miles (322 kilometers) east of San Francisco, about a four-hour drive away. The scenic drive takes travelers through California’s Central Valley.
Yosemite tours range from private and small-group excursions to larger group bus tours.
Day tours typically last about 13 to 15 hours, so prepare for a long day.
Most tours include hotel pickup; some also include free time to explore Yosemite independently.