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Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

The Basics

Head to the Yosemite Valley to enjoy ranger-led hikes, nature talks, and evening star programs. Book a guided tour to ensure that you see all the top sights; opt for guided hiking, backpacking, or camping adventure; or take a photography class.

There are also tours to Yosemite from San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, and Lake Tahoe. These run anywhere from half-day trips to week-long tours, and many combine a trip to the Yosemite Valley with stops at other nearby attractions, such as the giant sequoias and Alcatraz. For a bird’s-eye view of the valley, check out a flightseeing tour.

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Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
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Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
$209.00 per adult
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Fantastic trip!
An incredible day with an amazing guide, Victor. A very long day but he packed a lot in. We travelled as a family and everyone agreed it was simply a wonderful trip. Victor made the very long journey as entertaining as anyone possibly could!
Sarah_A, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Yosemite National Park

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Víctor, pues driver was...
Monica_V, Jul 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
Víctor, pues driver was si simply amazing. He gave us a lot of information about the park, told stories, anecdotes about the park that make the tour very short besides his sense of humor makes the tour very fun. Also he gave us all the recommendations and advices to make our experience very safety.
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Yosemite is a must see
Ellen_W, May 2022
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
This was a wonderful experience. Yosemite is a must see and it was so nice having someone do the driving. The mini bus was clean and comfortable.
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Great day trip
Caitlin_D, May 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
This trip is perfect if you are looking for high level attractions in Yosemite. If you want to hike or spend significant time at any one place, this is not for you. I am so glad we did this trip, but I wish masks were still enforced given the amount of time you spend in the van with other people. Another person in our group had a bad cough and I now have covid. The description says proof of vaccination required and masks required, but neither were enforced.
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Enriching our Yosemite visit
Susan_C, Aug 2022
Private Family Hike in Yosemite
David‘s knowledge of the topography, trees, birds, animals and local history and climbing, was just what we hoped to learn about on our visit to Yosemite. His enthusiasm and care for the wilderness was evident. He accommodated two adolescents well. All round just great.
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First time to Yosemite...
Paul_R, Aug 2022
Private Yosemite Valley Discovery Adventure
First time to Yosemite which our guide Brian from Echo tours covered every aspect of the park Extremely knowledgeable and informative
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Many Thanks to Our Guide
Leo_H, Jul 2022
2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco
Our trip was phenomenal and extremely rewarding. We are city folks who don't have much outdoor experience, and our guide was extremely helpful and went above and beyond to make us comfortable. We are introverts and not very active people so this was a challenge, the hikes were pretty strenuous on us. I think it was a life-changing experience and our tour guide Jay made it all possible with his guidance and excellent driving thank you!!!
star-5
Outstanding and incredible experience - the best Yosemite tour
Jorge_A, Jul 2022
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
Incredible experience! I really recommend the small group plan. The guide provided the possible experiences always open to provide the best insight and advise with the best attitude. My wife and son enjoyed a lot this outstanding experience!
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Fab day from start to finish!
Christie_P, Feb 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
Brian was amazing, knew so much information about pretty much everything I asked! He was kind, polite and most of all made sure we were all happy and used our time to the best ability. The van was modern and clean, both stops where in perfect locations! We recommend this company hugely and hopefully will return! Thanks
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Worth the cost.
Somie_R, Jul 2022
2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco
Our guide James was great. He could answer all our questions and we saw way more than we expected. The drive was a bit hilly, so if you’re one that gets a bit motion sick, sit up front. Otherwise, this was worth it in every way!
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Fantastic trip!
Sarah_A, Aug 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
An incredible day with an amazing guide, Victor. A very long day but he packed a lot in. We travelled as a family and everyone agreed it was simply a wonderful trip. Victor made the very long journey as entertaining as anyone possibly could!
star-5
Amazing trip to Yosemite
Colette_L, Aug 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
Alberto was a very professional, helpful and friendly tour guide. He went out of his way to make the experience comfortable and interesting for us with good humour and great organisation during the day from early until late!
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First time camping!
Louai_A, Jul 2022
3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco
I never went camping so the whole experience was kinda new. The guide (eden) made sure everything was smoothly so we could enjoy our time. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had thanks to to the wonderful Yosemite, the group and the guide! Would definitely recommend this for everyone!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • You’ll have to pay an admission fee to visit Yosemite National Park; tickets are good for seven days. If you take the YART shuttles to the park, your shuttle ticket will include free entrance to the park.

  • Don’t forget sturdy hiking shoes, rain gear, sunscreen, a hat, and a backpack for day hikes.

  • The Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall hikes are paved and wheelchair accessible.

  • Accommodations at the park range from campgrounds to distinctive, upscale hotels.

  • Campers usually prepare their own meals in the park, but the valley also boasts a variety of restaurants.

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How to Get There

The Yosemite Valley is located in the western Sierra Nevada mountains, about 190 miles (306 kilometers) east of San Francisco. To reach the Yosemite Valley by car from the Bay Area, take I-580 east, continue onto I-205 east, merge onto I-5 north, and then take CA-120 east to Yosemite Ave. You can also reach the park via public transportation: Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses run to the town of Merced where you can hop on a YARTS shuttle to Yosemite. A free shuttle provides transportation within the park.

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When to Get There

Peak tourist season at Yosemite Valley runs from early June through the end of August, so visit in the spring or fall if you want to avoid the largest crowds. The valley is at its most dramatic in late spring, when the waterfalls are at their fullest. Whenever you choose to visit, make sure to start your days early; sunrise is one of the best times to capture photos of the iconic sights.

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Best Yosemite Valley Day Hikes

If you only have time for one hike in Yosemite Valley, take the Mist Trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls. If you have more time, hike to Half Dome and climb to the summit with the help of handrails embedded into the rock. The 14- to 16-mile (22- to 26-kilometer) round-trip hike is strenuous in spots, but it's well worth it for the fantastic panoramic views of Yosemite Valley and the High Sierra.

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Yosemite Valley
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Yosemite Valley?
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Attractions near Yosemite Valley:
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What else should I know about attractions in Yosemite National Park?
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As well as visiting the Yosemite Valley, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: