Yosemite National Park & Giant Sequoias 3-Day Semi-guided Tour (no accom)

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Towering granite cliffs and Giant Sequoias headline this multi-day Yosemite tour. This is the only Yosemite Valley tour from San Francisco where you will experience the solitude of the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, the largest living things on the Earth. After getting your bearings on a guided tour to the Sierra Nevada mountains and Yosemite park, you’ll enjoy plenty of free time over three days and two nights to hike, bike and explore at your own pace. Capture incredible photos of Yosemite, Nevada and Bridalveil falls, then move on to the granite monuments of El Capitan, Half Dome and more. Choice of accommodations available. Guaranteed departures 365 days a year.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Extranomical Tours

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Day 1 San Francisco to Yosemite

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The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, known locally as the Bay Bridge, is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 260,000 vehicles a day on its two decks.

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The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, known locally as the Bay Bridge, is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 260,000 vehicles a day on its two decks.

Stop At: Treasure Island

Treasure Island is an artificial island in the San Francisco Bay and a neighborhood in the city and county of San Francisco. Built 1936–37 for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, the island's World’s Fair site is a California Historical Landmark.

Stop At: Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in the Western United States, between the Central Valley of California and the Great Basin.

Stop At: Big Oak Flat Road

Traveling the historic Big Oak Flat Road from the western entrance of Yosemite National Park across to the Tioga Pass entrance on the east, provides drivers easy access to the stunning beauty of Yosemite’s high country landscapes.

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The Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park is located on CA Highway 120 roughly 24 miles (39 km) east of Groveland, CA. CA Highway 120 is the most direct route into Yosemite National Park from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Northern California locations.

Stop At: Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley is a glacial valley in Yosemite National Park in the western Sierra Nevada mountains of Central California. The valley is about 7.5 miles long and approximately 3000–3500 feet deep, surrounded by high granite summits such as Half Dome and El Capitan, and densely forested with pines.

Duration: 12 hour

Stop At: Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

Tuolumne Grove is a sequoia grove located near Crane Flat in Yosemite National Park. It is about 16 miles west of Yosemite Village on Tioga Pass Road. The grove contains many conifers, including a few Sequoiadendron giganteum as well as Abies concolor and Pinus lambertiana. Weather permitting

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tunnel View

Tunnel View is a scenic viewpoint on State Route 41 in Yosemite National Park. Visitors have seen and documented the iconic and expansive views of Yosemite Valley from the overlook since its opening in 1933.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Lower Yosemite Fall Trail

A quarter-mile (one way) hike to a spectacular mist-blown view from the base of 320-foot Lower Yosemite Falls. Lower Yosemite Falls Hike is a must visit for its accessibility and proximity to this massive waterfall and has spectacular views of both falls.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Merced River

The Merced River in the central part of the U.S. state of California, is 145 miles (233 km) long. Tenaya, Yosemite, Bridalveil and Pigeon Creeks join the Merced River in Yosemite Valley.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in Yosemite National Park, dropping a total of 2,425 feet from the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Valley Visitor Center

The Valley Visitor Center is located in Yosemite Valley and is the largest and most comprehensive in terms of displays, books, postcards and maps. The Valley Visitor Center is open year round and offers natural history displays, audiovisual programs and is staffed with individuals who are happy to answer all your questions.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ansel Adams Gallery

Gallery showcasing & selling photography by celebrated landscape artist Ansel Adams, among others.

Stop At: Bridalveil Falls

Bridalveil Fall is one of the most prominent waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley in California, Yosemite National Park.

Stop At: El Capitan

El Capitan, also known as El Cap, is a vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park, located on the north side of Yosemite Valley, near its western end. The granite monolith is about 3,000 feet from base to summit along its tallest face, and is a popular objective for rock climbers.

Stop At: Half Dome

Half Dome is a granite dome at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, California. It is a well-known rock formation in the park, named for its distinct shape.

Stop At: Horsetail Fire Fall

Horsetail Fall, located in Yosemite National Park in California, is a seasonal waterfall that flows in the winter and early spring. The fall occurs on the east side of El Capitan. Around the second week of February, the setting sun hits Horsetail Fall at just the right angle to illuminate the upper reaches of the waterfall.

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Yosemite Valley Lodge is a favorite choice for families and large groups. Its close proximity to Yosemite Falls makes it the perfect base camp for exploring Yosemite National Park.

Stop At: Ahwahnee Historic Building

Dating from 1927, this historic, landmark hotel is set on a valley floor with views of Half Dome, Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls.

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Beneath the grandeur of Glacier Point, Half Dome Village is known for the same warm, hospitable feeling that was instilled by its founders, David and Jennie Curry in 1899.

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Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal, California offers all the comfort you expect from a luxury resort hotel while remaining just steps from the myriad adventures, activities and inspiring scenes of natural beauty found within the nearly 2,000 miles of preserved wilderness that is Yosemite National Park.

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This laid-back, budget hotel is just eight miles from the entrance of Yosemite National Park. All guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, access to a private beach on the Merced River and an American family-style restaurant, plus a sports bar and grill.

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The Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort is a classic rustic resort 25 miles outside of the park. Under a grove of oak and pine in our own small valley with a stream, the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort offers a magical scene with cabins on stilts dotting the mountainside where walking is part of the experience.

Day 2 Yosemite National Park

Stop At: Yosemite Valley

• Free time to enjoy the many attractions in Yosemite at your own pace

Duration: 24 hour

Stop At: Ansel Adams Gallery

Gallery showcasing & selling photography by celebrated landscape artist Ansel Adams, among others.

Stop At: Bridalveil Falls

Bridalveil Fall is one of the most prominent waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley in California, Yosemite National Park.

Stop At: El Capitan

El Capitan, also known as El Cap, is a vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park, located on the north side of Yosemite Valley, near its western end. The granite monolith is about 3,000 feet from base to summit along its tallest face, and is a popular objective for rock climbers.

Stop At: Half Dome

Half Dome is a granite dome at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, California. It is a well-known rock formation in the park, named for its distinct shape.

Stop At: Horsetail Fire Fall

Horsetail Fall, located in Yosemite National Park in California, is a seasonal waterfall that flows in the winter and early spring. The fall occurs on the east side of El Capitan. Around the second week of February, the setting sun hits Horsetail Fall at just the right angle to illuminate the upper reaches of the waterfall.

Stop At: Lower Yosemite Fall Trail

A quarter-mile (one way) hike to a spectacular mist-blown view from the base of 320-foot Lower Yosemite Falls. Lower Yosemite Falls Hike is a must visit for its accessibility and proximity to this massive waterfall and has spectacular views of both falls.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Merced River

The Merced River in the central part of the U.S. state of California, is 145 miles (233 km) long. Tenaya, Yosemite, Bridalveil and Pigeon Creeks join the Merced River in Yosemite Valley.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tunnel View

Tunnel View is a scenic viewpoint on State Route 41 in Yosemite National Park. Visitors have seen and documented the iconic and expansive views of Yosemite Valley from the overlook since its opening in 1933.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Valley Visitor Center

The Valley Visitor Center is located in Yosemite Valley and is the largest and most comprehensive in terms of displays, books, postcards and maps. The Valley Visitor Center is open year round and offers natural history displays, audiovisual programs and is staffed with individuals who are happy to answer all your questions.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in Yosemite National Park, dropping a total of 2,425 feet from the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA

Excellent picnic & BBQ area near the Merced River, Yosemite Valley Lodge, and Sentinel Beach Picnic Area.

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Yosemite Valley Lodge is a favorite choice for families and large groups. Its close proximity to Yosemite Falls makes it the perfect base camp for exploring Yosemite National Park.

Stop At: Yosemite Valley Loop Trail

Escape the crowds on this relatively unknown 11.5-mile loop trail in the western Yosemite Valley and be rewarded with views of Yosemite’s major icons, including El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall and Sentinel Rock.

Stop At: Ahwahnee Historic Building

Dating from 1927, this historic, landmark hotel is set on a valley floor with views of Half Dome, Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls.

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Beneath the grandeur of Glacier Point, Half Dome Village is known for the same warm, hospitable feeling that was instilled by its founders, David and Jennie Curry in 1899.

Day 3 Yosemite to San Francisco

Stop At: Yosemite Valley

• Meet your return tour vehicle at 3:00 pm (meeting point: Yosemite Valley Lodge) • Return to your San Francisco hotel at approximately 9:00

Duration: 12 hour

Stop At:

The Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park is located on CA Highway 120 roughly 24 miles (39 km) east of Groveland, CA. CA Highway 120 is the most direct route into Yosemite National Park from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Northern California locations.

Stop At: Big Oak Flat Road

Traveling the historic Big Oak Flat Road from the western entrance of Yosemite National Park across to the Tioga Pass entrance on the east, provides drivers easy access to the stunning beauty of Yosemite’s high country landscapes.

Stop At: Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in the Western United States, between the Central Valley of California and the Great Basin.

Stop At: Treasure Island

Treasure Island is an artificial island in the San Francisco Bay and a neighborhood in the city and county of San Francisco. Built 1936–37 for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, the island's World’s Fair site is a California Historical Landmark.

Stop At:

The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, known locally as the Bay Bridge, is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 260,000 vehicles a day on its two decks.

Stop At:

The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, known locally as the Bay Bridge, is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 260,000 vehicles a day on its two decks.
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