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  • Address: Yosemite, California, USA
  • Hours: Open 24 hours every day
  • Admission: US$20 per car entrance fee

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Yosemite National Park Tours

One of the United States’ most popular national parks, Yosemite is packed with natural beauty and views that never cease to amaze. From the majestic mountain peaks to the green meadows on the valley floor (plus all the waterfalls and groves of tall Sequoia trees in between), there’s no shortage of outdoor and leisure activities set against the park’s epic views. And whether you spend a single day or stay for a multi-day camping trip, you’ll feel a deeper appreciation for the nature at this national treasure.

The Basics
Yosemite is one of the most popular day trip destinations from San Francisco, often visited on full-day and multi-day excursions from the city. Visit with roundtrip transportation to explore the park independently, or choose a guided experience to see much of the park in a short amount of time. Sightseeing bus tours, valley floor tours, and Glacier Point tours are available, while small-group and private options are offered.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The park features a number of walking and biking trails that vary in difficulty and length. The Visitor Center is the best place to find information on the trails.
  • Yosemite day hikes, adventure tours, and hiking tours offer opportunities for active days out in nature, all with the help of a guide. Choose from hiking tours, yoga tours, photography tours, and more.

How to Get There
Yosemite National Park is best accessed via car ($20 fee per vehicle). From San Francisco, it’s about a four-hour drive—you’ll cross the Bay Bridge and travel through the Great Central Valley into the Sierra foothills. Following the beautiful Merced River to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, you'll enter Yosemite Valley. Most tours from the Bay Area include roundtrip transportation.

When to Get There
Yosemite is accessible year-round, though snow chains may be required in winter. The park is beautiful in every season, but be aware that access to some hiking trails is weather-permitting. Many consider spring the best time to visit—expect crowds in summer and snow activities such as snowshoeing and skiing in winter.

What Not To Miss in Yosemite National Park
It’s hard to go too wrong, but where to start? The majestic profile of Half Dome is perhaps the most iconic sight in the park. You can also view the mighty mecca that is El Capitan, or hike into Tuolumne Meadows, where giant sequoias surround you. As for waterfalls, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, and Vernal Falls are all must-sees, and when it comes to viewpoints, be sure to check out Glacier Point and Tunnel View.

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Small-Group Tour of Yosemite from Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, null
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Small-Group Tour of Yosemite from Lake Tahoe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Join us on this exclusive fully narrated journey to Yosemite National Park from Lake Tahoe by a professional tour guide. This is an opportunity to experience ...  Read more

Location: South Lake Tahoe, California
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00
Yosemite and Glacier Point with Ahwahnee Lunch, Yosemite National Park, Day Trips
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Yosemite and Glacier Point with Ahwahnee Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a luxurious full-day tour experience of Yosemite and Glacier Point. This tour is designed for a very small group, and chances are if you have 4 or more ...  Read more

Location: Fresno, California
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $169.00
Yosemite and Glacier Point Tour from Los Angeles by Train, Los Angeles, Day Trips
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Yosemite and Glacier Point Tour from Los Angeles by Train

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Leave the City of Angels for angelic Yosemite on this over-night trip. Hop on the Amtrak from Los Angeles to Fresno where you'll spend the night. The following ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $345.00
Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite, Yosemite National Park, Day Trips
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Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

See Yosemite National Park on an outing that combines short easy hikes with outdoor education–great for children and adults alike! Spend quality time with your ...  Read more

Location: Yosemite, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $135.00
Yosemite Valley Tour, Yosemite National Park, Hiking & Camping
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Yosemite Valley Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

The Yosemite Valley Adventure Tour is a tour of the Yosemite Valley highlighting major points of interest and visiting popular locations you will later dream ...  Read more

Location: Yosemite Valley, California
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Guided Half Dome Hike, Yosemite National Park, Hiking & Camping
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Guided Half Dome Hike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

For hiking enthusiasts, the trek to Yosemite’s Half Dome is a rite of passage — one that many hikers prepare for with training. Take the strenuous challenge on ...  Read more

Location: Yosemite, California
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $165.00
Private Tour: Yosemite by Helicopter or Small Plane and SUV from San Francisco, San Francisco, Day ... 
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Private Tour: Yosemite by Helicopter or Small Plane and SUV from San Francisco

Not enough time to visit Yosemite, this is a quick trip for you. You leave when the fog clears in the morning and return before it gets dark, and you avoid the ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 7 to 9 hrs

From USD $4,600.00
Experience Yosemite: Beginner or Advanced Photography Lesson, Yosemite National Park, Helicopter ... 
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Experience Yosemite: Beginner or Advanced Photography Lesson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Step into the shoes of Ansel Adams, Charles Weed, Carlton Watkins and Edward Weston during a basic or advanced photography lesson in magnificent Yosemite ...  Read more

Location: Yosemite, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $400.00
Private Tour: Yosemite Hike with Naturalist Guide, Yosemite National Park, Hiking & Camping
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Private Tour: Yosemite Hike with Naturalist Guide

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This private tour of Yosemite National Park takes you on a 5-hour nature excursion, led by a local naturalist guide. Depending on your preferences and the time ...  Read more

Location: Yosemite, California
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $237.50
Yosemite Valley Winter Tour, Yosemite National Park, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Yosemite Valley Winter Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Much like in the summer, the Yosemite Valley Floor offers hours of exploration within the more level and easier accessible areas of the Yosemite Valley. In ...  Read more

Location: Yosemite Valley, California
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00

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