3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco

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Explore America's favorite national park on a 3-day camping trip that takes you off the beaten path to trails and sights unseen by most who venture here. You'll enjoy three days and two nights of camping, hiking and swimming in a fun-filled, friendly atmosphere. Never camped before? No problem! The necessary camping gear is provided for you, and the tour is fully guided.

Itinerary Details

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Day 1 San Francisco to Yosemite

Stop At: San Francisco Bay

Leave San Francisco behind and cross the Bay Bridge, offering amazing views of Alcatraz Island and Angel Island. Cruise through Oakland, the East Bay and on to Central Valley to stop for groceries (own expense). Travel through Gold Country and the Sierra Nevada Foothills.

Stop At: Yosemite National Park

After approximately 3-4 hours you'll arrive to the entrance of Yosemite National Park. Enjoy the scenic mountain views as your guide explains the history and geology of this special place.

Stop At: Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

Head down a beautiful scenic path to the enchanted Tuolumne Grove consisting of dozens of Giant Sequoia trees. But don’t be fooled by this moderate downhill stroll. Make sure you bring some water to sip as you enjoy your time among the giants as you have a bit of climb ahead of you to get back to the mini-coach. You'll also have time to enjoy your lunch here among the towering trees.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Yosemite Valley

Next, we’ll leave the gentle giants of the Sequoia Grove in the mini-coach to get a narrated tour through Yosemite’s glaciated valley. We’ll make a few stops along the way, to snap some pictures of some of the famous waterfalls and rock formations while your guide gives you some of the history that makes this park so special.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Yosemite Village

Now it’s time to spend a couple of hours exploring on your own! We’ll make a stop near the base of Yosemite Falls. You’ll have a number of options of where to go, including a leisurely walk through the Ansel Adams Gallery, the historic Ahwahnee lodge, or get your pulse up with a hike or bike ride along the river.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Yosemite Falls

You can explore Yosemite Falls on your own during your free time in Yosemite Village.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Ansel Adams Gallery

During your free time in Yosemite Village, you can choose to visit the famous photographer' gallery to view a collection of Ansel Adams' original photographs.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: El Portal

Once at camp, your guide will hand out camping gear and show you the local amenities. You'll enjoy a freshly prepared dinner at camp, as well as s’mores as your group shares drinks and stories around the campfire, but don’t forget to get some sleep tonight for a full-day of exploring the park tomorrow.

Duration: 12 hour

Day 2 Yosemite High Country

Stop At: Yosemite National Park

Are you ready for clear, sparkling lakes? Crisp, mountain air? Prepare to spend a full day exploring Yosemite’s picturesque lakes, hiking to mountain summits that overlook lush greenery, and passing through serene meadows. Your guide will make sure the group takes full advantage of the park, while making sure everyone is comfortable, by customizing the hikes around the groups’ needs.

Duration: 10 hour

Day 3 Yosemite to San Francisco

Stop At: Yosemite Valley

On the last morning, we’ll make a quick breakfast, prepare another brown bag lunch, make sure all the camping gear is put away before heading into Yosemite Valley. Did you pass up a hike on the way to a vista? Have you been pining after a particular swimming spot? Are you ready to stretch your legs and have a new self-guided adventure? Day three is the perfect time to choose your own adventure in Yosemite Valley. You can hike to a waterfall, rent a bicycle to cruise around the valley floor, check out the visitor’s center, museum, and Ansel Adams Gallery, or relax in the shade by the emerald green Merced River.

Duration: 4 hour

Stop At: El Capitan Meadow

Regroup for one final group activity, a visit to the El Capitan Meadow to watch the daredevil rock climbers conquering the largest granite monolith in North America.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: San Francisco

After a full day of exploring, we’ll make our way back to the San Francisco Hilton, arriving in the city around 8:30pm – 9pm.

Duration: 4 hour
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