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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
$199.00 per adult
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Memories of a Lifetime...
Brian is an excellent tour guide. He did not fail to deliver. He made sure every one of us were getting the experience we are expecting (and more) from setting up the telescopes, and making sure we had the best pictures that we can have.
MayJoy_P, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Yosemite National Park

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Great Experience For Beginner Campers
MariaLourdes_G, Jul 2021
3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco
Tour was overall a good experience. We saw some incredible views in Yosemite Valley. Daniel was a dope tour guide and very chill. Included meal count listed in your description was a bit inaccurate. Everyone on my tour was a first timer for camping. Daniel made the experience very memorable and worth the money. Definitely recommend this tour and hope that you get Daniel as your tour guide. ;)
star-5
Wonderful, well-informed...
SubhashBanerjee, Jan 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
Wonderful, well-informed guide who took all Covid precautions. Our favorite stop was seeing El Capitan.
star-5
Great experience
Antonio_O, Nov 2021
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
Long day but great experience. Brian the tour guide was very nice and helpful. We saw all the highlights in one day. Grocery store stop was nice and clean. Only some bathrooms in the park were sketchy. He was very helpful in taking pictures and showing us how to get the best spots for photos. Also the nicest park was using binoculars to look at rock climbers
star-4
Sequoias, breathtaking scenery and biking through Yosemite Valley
Linda_U, Aug 2021
2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco
Amazing 2 day experience. Be sure to bring plenty of water for the sequoia hike a no water sources are available there. Cedar Lodge is a lovely place to relax before day 2. Great food, very clean. Bike rental on day 2 is highly recommended since the valley terrain is flat and there is so much to see. Swimming in the Mercede River was a definite highlight.
star-5
The greatest- I would stay at the Air B and B I Groveland again.
James-B-Bickley, Jul 2021
1 day Yosemite and Giant Sequoia Tour from Groveland
Most important was the airB and B in Groveland, CA. It was so graciously prepared with many extras. The place was very clean. It was close to a beautiful Lake, with jet skies, KyateE, boat rentals etc. Loved the 8 hr Tour they picked us up in Groveland. It was awesome my whole family enjoyed it. Disappointed the Sunset hike was canceled. The Hollywood tour was also very enjoyable and fascinating . Thank you
star-5
Enjoyed the whole...
Devish, Jan 2022
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
Enjoyed the whole journey. Our tour driver/guide was very helpful and cooperative. Totally it was a very good experience. Recommand it to anybody.
star-5
We had great time. Kids...
Aldo_R, Dec 2021
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
We had great time. Kids enjoy it. On time arrangement at the hotel downtown SF. Nice weather. Snows up there!
star-5
A must to do when you visiting San Francisco
Mark_L, Jan 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
Trip was well worth it and a must if you have a day when visiting San Francisco. Request Brain out tour guy was great from start to finish. Yes it is a long day but he made it fun. Knew the best places for photos and helped you with them. Has telescopes and binoculars when he spotted climbers camps on El Captain which we wouldn't have caught without him.
star-5
beautiful scene and great guide
tzchen86, Oct 2021
2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco
The scenery is absolutely beautiful. Kate is such a warm personality and is energetic and knowledgeable, and we enjoyed her stories about various aspects of Yosemite. This is my second trip to Yosemite after 5 years, but still saw and learned a lot. Also really appreciate Kate's considerate tour scheduling, we had fun despite of the unexpected big rain. Also best wishes for her future endeavors!
star-5
Brian the tour guide was...
JUANM_A, Jan 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
Brian the tour guide was very good at his work!! He gave us all kinds of information to read and commentaries along the way... very prepared with gear (binoculars, and such). Thank you very much!!!
star-5
Excellent Tour
Ernesto_S, Oct 2021
3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco
Lisa was an excellent guide with a lot of passion for her work. The group was amazing. We visited many places around Yosemite, some of the off the beaten path.
star-5
Great tour with a great guide!
Zeline_D, Sep 2021
1 day Yosemite and Giant Sequoia Tour from Groveland
Denise your guide was wonderful! The views were incredible. Going with a guide adds to the experience.

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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