Yosemite National Park in a Day from San Francisco

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One of the most beautiful National Parks in the world...

No trip to San Francisco would be complete without a sightseeing tour to majestic Yosemite National Park, where you can see dramatic mountains, spectacular waterfalls and the renowned El Capitan rock face.

Our guide to Yosemite National Park in a Day

Explore the stunning sights of Yosemite National Park during this unforgettable adventure in the beauty of nature. Travel in a comfortable and climate-controlled coach, just about 200 miles east of San Francisco, and enjoy a wide range of beautiful photo opportunities along the scenic drive to Yosemite National Park.

The tour departs from San Francisco, with convenient pickup from your hotel in Downtown San Francisco, Union Square or Fisherman’s Wharf. We cross through California’s fertile scenery of San Joaquin Valley before climbing into the rocky Sierra Nevada mountains. Relax in your comfortable seat as you learn about the colorful gold rush history of the region. Soon we arrive at the world-famous and stunning Yosemite National Park, where you will witness some of the most amazing natural wonders, the towering granite monuments of Half Dome, Cathedral Peak and El Capitan.

Enjoy the ride down into Yosemite Valley where we will make a stop at Inspiration Point, a view of the valley made famous by Ansel Adams and hundreds of artists since. Take your best selfie with Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point, Cathedral Peak and Bridalveil Fall as your backdrop. You will have enough time at your leisure to grab a picnic lunch and check out the Ansel Adams Gallery or the Yosemite Valley Wilderness Center.

Yosemite Valley is also home to giant trees and more than 400 types of species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. The Lower Yosemite Falls, Mist and Meadow Loop trailheads are guaranteed to delight hikers of any age. Enjoy nature hikes in Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and on the Meadow Loop Trail to the Swinging Bridge (weather and trail conditions permitting). The day at Yosemite concludes with another highlight at Valley View.

Take in the breathtaking views along the banks of the Merced River framed by El Capitan and the imposing spires of Cathedral Rocks before we say farewell to nature's grandeur that is Yosemite National Park. During your tour, your tour leader will provide useful information about the sights, sounds, and the history of these impressive natural wonders!

Please note: Exact itinerary may differ due to weather, road conditions, and the guide’s discretion and not all mentioned sights can be guaranteed for each tour


Varies - see calendar.

Start times

5.30am-6.00am Hotel pick-ups will start up to 60 minutes before this time.


Approximately 15 hours including 3-4 hours inside the park.

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Yosemite National Park in a Day from San Francisco

  • The tour route and some stops may vary due to the weather and traffic conditions;  the tour is subject to cancellation during winter storms in the Sierra Nevada Mountains without prior notice.
  • Hotel pick-up is available in the Downtown area (Union Square, Financial District, Nob Hill, Lombard Street, Embarcadero and SOMA) but need to be booked at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Customers must reconfirm the tour no later than 24 hrs prior to departure of the reserved tour in order to receive exact pickup time and further details.
  • A minimum of 6 people is required for the tour to operate. If the minimum numbers are not reached on your chosen date you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund. 
  • *Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the supplier 72 hours before your scheduled tour. No refunds are given after this time. 


Frequently Asked Questions for Yosemite National Park in a Day

General Information

  • How do I get to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco in a day?

    Start your Yosemite adventure by departing from San Francisco in the early morning. Drive, take a guided tour, or hop on a shuttle to reach the park, ensuring you have ample time to explore.

  • What's the best time to visit Yosemite National Park in a day?

    The best time to visit Yosemite is during the spring or fall for pleasant weather and fewer crowds. However, it's beautiful year-round, so plan your trip based on your preferences.

  • What are the must-see attractions in Yosemite for a day trip?

    Don't miss Yosemite Valley, Bridalveil Fall, Tunnel View, and the iconic Half Dome. For a quick overview, check out our suggested one-day itinerary.

  • Can I see wildlife in Yosemite on a day trip from San Francisco?

    Yosemite is teeming with wildlife. Keep an eye out for deer, squirrels, and, if you're lucky, bears. Bring binoculars for a better chance at spotting these creatures.

  • What's the best way to make the most of my day in Yosemite National Park from San Francisco?

    To maximize your experience, plan your itinerary in advance, and make the most of the day by focusing on a few key attractions. Prioritize what interests you most and savour the breath-taking scenery. Don't forget to capture the memories!

Clothing & Accessories

  • What should I bring for a day trip to Yosemite?

    Pack essentials like comfortable clothing, sturdy footwear, water, snacks, sunscreen, a camera, and a map of the park. Remember to check the weather forecast for the day.

Facilities & Amenities

  • Are there dining options within Yosemite National Park for a day trip?

    Yes, there are several dining options within the park. You can find restaurants, cafeterias, and picnic areas for your dining needs.

Yosemite National Park in a Day Reviews

Average 4.3 out of 5

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  • 5 stars:

    Awesome trip - not to be missed. Everything ran pretty much to schedule and we were given ample time at each stop.

    Trusted Customer reviewed Yosemite National Park in a Day 12 Jun, 2017

  • 4 stars:

    knowledgeable driver, stunning location

    Trusted Customer reviewed Yosemite National Park in a Day 28 Sep, 2015

  • 5 stars:

    Trusted Customer reviewed Yosemite National Park in a Day 20 Aug, 2013

  • 4 stars:

    The only thing that detracted from this visit was the driver. He was so rude. Stopped the coach at one point to tell everyone to be quiet as he was speaking. We were at pick up time at 6.45am, but didn't leave until nearly 2 hours later as he was running personal errands.

    Trusted Customer reviewed Yosemite National Park in a Day 08 Aug, 2012

  • 4 stars:

    long day, very tiring. Our coach broke down so we didnt get back to the hotel till 2am and we had been picked up at 6am the previous day. Worth the views. Did the ranger tour which our coach drive organised whilst en route which was great. We saw 3 bears and lots more wilde life.

    Trusted Customer reviewed Yosemite National Park in a Day 02 Jan, 2012

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