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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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The Best Tour we took in SF
We completely enjoyed this small group tour. Don, our guide, was very informative, knowledgeable and helpful in every way. He went out of his way to make sure you see some great sights. I would highly recommend taking this tour when you are in the area. Totally worth the price and time.
Laura_D, Nov 2021

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
Jaime did an outstanding job guiding us to the key points in Yosemite and helped us plan our non-guided second day.
Michael_B, Oct 2021
One Day In Yosemite Private Tour:Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point & Giant Sequoias
Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, Half Dome and the giant Sequoias were highlights. The hike to Sentinel Dome was memorable.
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.
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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
The Best Tour we took in SF
Laura_D, Nov 2021
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
We completely enjoyed this small group tour. Don, our guide, was very informative, knowledgeable and helpful in every way. He went out of his way to make sure you see some great sights. I would highly recommend taking this tour when you are in the area. Totally worth the price and time.
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Yosemite day tour
Sharon_S, Nov 2021
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
Fantastic trip, would highly recommend if in the San Fransisco area. Our guide was very informative and told us lots of interesting Yosemite facts. Being in a small group really enhanced the experience.
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Yosemite Private Tour
Janet_L, Nov 2021
One Day In Yosemite Private Tour:Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point & Giant Sequoias
Our guide was professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. Jesse knew the facts of the area and added personal experiences if friends and himself. Yosemite is a must see and experience. The very best guide and personalized tour we've had in our 20 year plus marriage. This tour fit our needs.
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Great day
Alexandra_P, Nov 2021
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
Matt was a great guide and had a great time! The journey didn’t feel long, with stops along the way.
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Worthwhile Adventure
Christie_W, Oct 2021
One Day In Yosemite Private Tour:Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point & Giant Sequoias
We enjoyed our tour and tour guide immensely. We only had one day in Yosemite, and this was the best and easiest way to see the most in such a short period of time. Our guide was flexible and accommodating. Beautiful and amazing doesn't begin to describe the things we saw.
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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!
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Well worth the early start
Rowena_S, Nov 2021
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
The sequoias were worth the trip alone. As we were a small group Alberto was able to join us and provide interesting facts about these magnificent trees. It was quite amazing to see Yosemite Park was as wonderful as all the pictures you have seen. A little depressing to see all the tourists everywhere but then I was one too and we all want to see these natural wonders.

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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