Best Yosemite Tours from San Francisco

Posted on January 10, 2019 |

Taking a Yosemite tour from San Francisco means you’ll get a look at ancient Giant Sequoia trees that can grow upwards of 274 ft (83 m) and granite cliffs towering 1,360 ft (410 m) above those same trees.

Yosemite National Park has long been the pride of California.

President Abraham Lincoln first signed an act to protect the land while in the midst of the American Civil War in 1864.

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Take a Yosemite tour from San Francisco to see the incredible Half Dome

Yosemite is probably most famous for the massive granite Half Dome that, quite literally, looks like a round dome cut in half.

Some of our favorite Yosemite tours will get you close enough to Half Dome so that you can actually see rock climber scaling the sheer rock face!

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The Dead Giant tunnel tree has been a favorite spot for photos since the Civil War

Perhaps equally as iconic than Half Dome are the  Giant Sequoia tunnel trees, like the one in Tuolumne Grove. Which have been popularized since the Victorian Era.

How far is Yosemite from San Francisco?

Yosemite is about four hours north of San Francisco.

If you’re planning on traveling from San Francisco and back in one day, prepare for a pretty long day.

It’s doable and totally worth it if you only have  a one day San Francisco itinerary. But it will be a long day.

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Book a car rental for your own DIY Yosemite tour from San Francisco

For those who have a few days to explore Yosemite National Park, it’s easy to find a car rental in San Francisco to make the scenic drive yourself and stay at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel within the park.

From there you can arrange for a fun Yosemite Zipline Tour!

As fun as a DIY Yosemite tour can be, we always suggest a Yosemite National Park tour from San Francisco because of the ease from a round trip tour package.

Does Dylan’s Tours offer Yosemite tours from San Francisco?

Dylan’s has a reputation for offering one of the best tours of San  Francisco & Muir Woods, but we don’t have the expertise to lead Yosemite bus tours.

Since we don’t offer Yosemite tours from San Francisco, we are frequentl asked by travelers on our San Francisco bike tours and bus tours about suggestions on how to do a Yosemite day trip from San Francisco.

So we’ve put together this list of some of our favorites to help travelers trying to plan a trip to Yosemite.



Small-Group Yosemite Tour from San Francisco

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This Yosemite tour picks up from some hotels in Union Square San Francisco and hotels in Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco. In addition to a few other easy-to-reach pick up locations near BART stations

The 4 1/2 hour drive on this Yosemite trip from San Francisco is broken up with a stop out in farm country for bathrooms and snacks.

Once you make it to Yosemite National Park, you’ll start with a bus tour of Yosemite with photo stops for legendary Yosemite attractions like Yosemite Falls — the tallest waterfall in North America.

After your guided Yosemite tour you’ll break for lunch and then , you’ll be venturing out on your own for a three hour Yosemite hike or Yosemite bike rental.

Once you’ve had a few hours exploring on your Yosemite tour, you’ll be able to settle back into the bus for your ride back to San Francisco.


Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

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You’ll find pick up locations at a few hotels around the downtown area near Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown.

This Yosemite tour from San Francisco takes about four hours to reach the park. Stopping along the way for refreshments and bathrooms.

On arrival to Yosemite National Park, you’ll enjoy a guided ride with stops for iconic Yosemite monuments like the tunneled-out Giant Sequoia tree in Tuolumne Grove and for photos of Half Dome and El Capitain.


Yosemite in a Day Tour From San Francisco

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We are big fans of this small local tour company.

They use small comfortable minibuses, similar to the ones  Dylan’s Tours uses for their most popular San Francisco bus tours, on this 4-5 hour drive to Yosemite Valley

This Yosemite 1 day tour offers hotel pickup at Parc 55 hotel in Union Square as well as an additional pick up area near Fisherman’s Wharf.

Begin your Yosemite tour with a drive over the often-overlooked San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. From the Bay Bridge you’ll be able to see the skyline of the San Francisco’s waterfront, Alcatraz Island and much of the San  Francisco Bay.

Your first big stop will be to see the towering Giant Sequoias during a hike that comes with these Yosemite guided tours. Your Yosemite tour continues through the National Park stopping for photos of iconic natural monuments along the way.

There will be free time that can be spent enjoying a leisurely lunch or  taking a quick hike to see Yosemite Falls.

Both of which help make it a little easier to sneak in a little nap on the long drive back to San Francisco.


Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco

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This Yosemite one day tour is the most economical option of all the Yosemite day trips in this list.

You won’t get a guided bus tour through the area, like you would with other local companies. But you will get four hours of free time to explore Yosemite National Park on your own.

Great for those just looking to get from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park and aren’t too interested in guided Yosemite park tours.

If you’re looking to extend your time at Yosemite and want to go camping or stay at a nearby hotel, Gray Line San Francisco also offers a return bus from Yosemite to San Francisco.


Yosemite and Glacier Point Tour from San Francisco by Train

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2 day Yosemite tours from San Francisco  are really fun if you have the time to spread out your sightseeing.

Taking a scenic Amtrak train ride has got to be one of the most unique ways to get to Yosemite!

Enjoy a scenic train ride into Yosemite Valley where your park entry fees, accommodation, lunch and tour guide tips are all included into the ticket price.

The first day you’ll arrive and check into your hotel (maybe visit a casino too) and enjoy nearby restaurants.

On your second day you’ll join a shuttle bus to Yosemite National Park where you’ll spend the day exploring parts of Yosemite normally closed off to tour buses and spend time hiking and having lunch.

At the end of the day you’ll be dropped off at the train station to catch a locomotive back to San Francisco.

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