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San Francisco: Yosemite National Park & Giant Sequoias Hike

1. San Francisco: Yosemite National Park & Giant Sequoias Hike

Experience both the Yosemite Valley and the Giant Sequoia Walk on this day tour. See why artists and poets have been inspired for generations by the breathtaking sceneries at the national park. Since 1890, the beautiful Yosemite National Park has been the jewel of America's National Parks, possessing some of the best-known landmarks in the world, such as the tallest waterfall in North America, Yosemite Falls. Have 5 to 6 hours to explore the stunning national park, and take in the majestic natural wonders, accompanied by a complimentary audio-guided tour. See the spectacular Half Dome and El Capitan, two of the most frequently climbed cliffs in the world. It is also home to several groves of stunning Giant Sequoia trees, the largest trees on earth. The Giant Sequoia Walk is along 1 mile (1.5 km) of paved trail with a 400 ft (120 m) incline, snow depth permitting. On a group tour, view stunning panoramas, go on walks, and even hike a little, before returning to San Francisco. Or if you prefer, upgrade to a private tour for your group only.

From San Francisco: Yosemite National Park Full-Day Trip

2. From San Francisco: Yosemite National Park Full-Day Trip

Spend an active, fun-filled day learning why Yosemite is one of America’s most popular national parks. Hike through the park with an experienced guide and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature on this tour. Start off by making your way east from San Francisco and heading across the Bay Bridge. Continue toward the Sierras and into the mountains. Learn about California’s rich history as you pass through some of the first settlements built during the Gold Rush. Arrive in Yosemite National Park for a 2.5-mile round-trip hike to see the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. Be prepared for a strenuous hike, descending 400 feet into the grove, before turning around and trekking back up. Next, cruise into the famous Yosemite Valley to take in views of Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, Half Dome, and more. Capture breathtaking photos at Tunnel View and take in the eastern expanse of Yosemite Valley. Then, enjoy 1.5 hours of free time to explore on your own. You can meander down paved paths, hike around Yosemite Falls, engage further with the park’s history at the visitor’s center, or visit the Ansel Adams Gallery. In the late afternoon, you’ll depart for San Francisco, stopping for a short break before arriving back in the city. Arrive back at your hotel in the late evening to sleep off the day’s adventures.

From San Francisco: Yosemite National Park

3. From San Francisco: Yosemite National Park

Travel through the Great Central Valley into the Sierra Foothills where Forty-Niners panned for Gold. Follow the beautiful Merced River to the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. Glaciers cut through these mountains forming spectacular granite monuments you will see throughout the park. Spend a total of 4 hours within the Yosemite National Park: 1-hour on a guided tour and 3 hours to explore on your own. There is the option of selecting a Chinese-speaking guide on certain days. Take advantage of the photo opportunities at: • El Capitan • Bridalveil Falls • Vernal Falls • Yosemite Falls • Cathedral Spires • Half Dome

Yosemite: Valley Hiking Tour from Oakhurst

4. Yosemite: Valley Hiking Tour from Oakhurst

Witness some of the most awe-inspiring views of nature on a full-day trip through Yosemite Valley with an expert guide. See the towering and famous El Capitan, revel in the majestic Half Dome, dine under the tallest waterfall in North America — Yosemite Falls — and hike along the Mist Trail. Meet your guide before heading straight to Yosemite National Park via the south entrance. Arrive at Tunnel View to witness the most well-known views in Yosemite Valley, El Capitan and Half Dome, and be awe-struck by their sheer grandeur and height. Follow the Merced River to Curry Village, where your guide will lead you on a 3-mile (5.4-kilometer) round-trip hike on the most famous trail in the Valley, the Mist Trail, to the Vernal Falls Footbridge. After the hike, head to Yosemite Village to enjoy a boxed lunch while taking in a spectacular view of Yosemite Falls. Next, stroll along the Valley Loop Trail to the Ahwahnee Hotel. See its fascinating design and architecture of this 1927 hotel, which puts it on the list of the National Register of Historic Places. Walk back to Yosemite Village through the meadows before heading over to El Capitan Meadows for more stunning photos. Then, sit back and relax on the scenic drive back to Oakhurst.

Yosemite Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. Yosemite Self-Guided Audio Tour

Enjoy an audio tour of The Panorama Trail at Yosemite National Park and get the chance to visit one of the United States of America’s most incredible hiking experiences. A National Park since 1984, you will surely find out why for over 150-years the gems of Yosemite have been attracting adventurous spirits and appreciators of beauty from all around the planet. Your hiking trail begins at one of the country’s finest natural viewpoints, Glacier Point, and ends on one of its most widely acclaimed walking paths, The Mist Trail. From beginning to end, hiking The Panorama Trail is a life-changing adventure that you will never forget. On your hike of the Panorama Trail, you will observe the glorious granite formation of the Half Dome from multiple angles, admire the elusive Illilouette Fall from closer than any other cleared path allows, and even stand atop and below the base of both steps of “The Giant’s Staircase,” a series of the spectacular Nevada and Vernal Falls. As you drop nearly 2,800 feet in elevation, from the world of the Upper to the Lower Montane Forest, astounding changes in flora and fauna will continuously surprise you. Nearly every moment of this excursion seems to provide each hiker with a memorable, one-in-a-lifetime kind of view.

Yosemite: Giant Sequoias and Alpine Lakes Van Tour with Hike

6. Yosemite: Giant Sequoias and Alpine Lakes Van Tour with Hike

Experience the beauty of Yosemite National Park with an experienced guide. With daily departures from Cedar Lodge and the Yosemite View Lodge, leave your car and worries behind as you take in the views of Yosemite's high country. Meet your guide at Cedar Lodge or Yosemite View Lodge, and enjoy the views on your ride to the Tuolomne Grove trailhead. Follow your guide on the 2.5-mile round-trip path to Tuolumne Grove. Marvel at the massive Giant Sequoia trees, including the iconic Tunnel Tree. Hop back into the van and cruise along Tioga Road to Olmsted Point. Enjoy a boxed lunch with stunning views of Half Dome and Clouds Rest. After lunch, continue up in the van until you reach the gorgeous Tuolumne Meadows. Meander along the 2.5-mile to the top of Pothole Dome. Take in spectacular 360-degree views of Yosemite's tallest peaks. Cool off in the sparkling waters of Tenaya Lake before heading back down to El Portal where the guide will drop you off at your original pickup location.

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What people are saying about Vernal Falls

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 637 reviews

The only hiccup was understanding pickup time, as we had one msg with 6.20 and all the others said 5.50!! We were picked up at exactly 6.20am. Driver Roman was welcoming and very entertaining. Gave lots of information all along the way into Yosemite. Quick stop in a supermarket in Oakdale to buy breakfast and lunch. The first stop was great, but literally down to the Sequoia and back up the steep hill. Not a lot of time to take it all in, but this is so we could see as much as possible in the day. Stopped at several fabulous view points and later had time to walk and take in the atmosphere of the park. A fabulous time and the journey was worth it. Stopped for food on the way back too. Very full day. Thanks Roman

Yosemite was beautiful! Unbelievable beauty! The tour guide Alex was a good guide, was fun and informative. He took us to 2 different locations for photos, absolutely breathtaking. The only downside for this tour is that you only get 3 hours of exploration time for yourself, which may seem a lot but in reality is no where near enough given the size of the park. That’s not to say it’s the tour guides fault, the journey is roughly 4 hours. Overall a brilliant experience and would highly recommend

For who want to have a short glimpse in Yosemite Park, this tour is perfect. Our guide Ross was great! He was funny and able to combine jokes with interesting information regarding the area and history. He did everything with a good balance. Thanks to him our long trip was really enjoyable. I was in doubt to go or not due the long distance from SF and now I can say that I am happy of my choice.

A great day pout. The guide was very informative of yosemite national park and also of any landmarks/areas on route to the park. The only down side was the AC on the bus want working on the way back but these things happen.

Mesmerizing and breathtaking! So happy I finally got to visit Yosemite Natl Park. ♥️