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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
$199.00 per adult
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Everyone needs to do this trip!!
Absolutely fantastic!!!!Despite the unseasonably cold weather, we had a wonderful trip to Yosemite and saw the most spectacular scenery, and our guide Phil was superb. He was so knowledgable and entertaining - thanks Phil. Everyone needs to do this trip - you won’t regret it!!
Adrian_P, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Yosemite National Park

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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.
star-4
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.
star-5
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
star-5
Beautiful
Tracey_S, May 2022
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
The mountains were tall and majestic, I took lots of pictures of the breath taking scenery. Our tour guide was excellent and looked after us very well
star-5
Unforgettable trip to Yosemiteite
Srikrishnan_B, May 2022
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip from San Jose
Had a very good guide (Dennis from Extranomical tours)for our one day trip to Yosemite National park. Her knowledge was very good and she was very courteous and patient
star-5
Great intro to Yosemite
Paul_F, May 2022
1 day Yosemite and Giant Sequoia Tour from Groveland
Bus driver was excellent, collected within a few mons of the time frame at Groveland, some going as they travelled from San Francisco! Informative and an excellent way to see the highlights of Yosemite. Would recommend for anyone who does not know the area.
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
The landscapes, the...
Maria_C, May 2022
Private Yosemite Valley Discovery Adventure
The landscapes, the information, and the tour guide. And the best part was making memories with my family.
star-5
Maddie was so awesome....
patricia_o, May 2022
Yosemite Valley Private Hiking Tour
Maddie was so awesome. Love her. Knowledgeable, funny accommodating. Would so recommend this tour. Bring a lot of water although there are stores
star-5
Wonderful experience!
Thachaayini_T, May 2022
2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco
Mitch was a great tour guide, he took us to some beautiful locations and accommodated our needs. We had a memorable time!
star-5
Exhausting but exhilarating day at beautiful Yosemite
Smita_B, Apr 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
This was a whirlwind tour but well worth the exhaustion and the money paid. Yosemite Valley was breathtaking. Phil was a wonderful guide and very entertaining. The breaks were just right and frequent. The itinerary was optimal and quite perfect. The highlight was watching the climbers at El Capitan (gosh, why would anyone do something that foolhardy!) and taking a zillion pictures at Tunnel View. All in all, a memorable day. The small group was a bonus. It does make a difference.
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

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: