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  • Address: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA, USA
The highest measured waterfall in North America and the sixth-highest in the world, Yosemite Falls is the superstar attraction in Yosemite National Park. With a cumulative drop of 2,425 feet (739 meters), Yosemite Falls comprises three falls and is especially stunning in late spring when the snow melts and water flow is at its peak.

The Basics
You can spot the iconic waterfall from various vantage points within the park, including Yosemite Village and Yosemite Valley Lodge (formerly Yosemite Lodge at the Falls). For active viewers, a 1-mile loop trail leads to the base of Lower Yosemite Fall, or a strenuous (and usually crowded) 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometer) hike with 2,700 feet (823 meters) elevation gain beginning near Camp 4 hike takes you to the top of Yosemite Falls.

Due to the incredibly popularity of this natural attraction, Yosemite Falls is included in most park tours. You can see the falls, along with other park attractions—El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, Vernal Falls, Half Dome, the Chapel, and the Cathedral Spires—on a day tour from San Francisco or Fresno.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Yosemite Falls is a must-see for first-time visitors, photographers, and strong hikers.
  • Be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes, especially if you plan to hike to the top of the falls.
  • Yosemite tours from San Francisco can last upwards of 14 hours.
  • The eastern side of the loop to the base of Lower Yosemite Falls is accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
Access Lower Yosemite Fall near the Yosemite Valley Lodge; the top of the upper fall is accessed via a steep hiking trail. For a great (and underrated) view of the falls, consider hiking to the summit of Sentinel Dome.

When to Get There
Yosemite Falls is at its most spectacular in the spring, with peak runoff occurring in May or June. The falls tend to dry to a trickle by late summer, but autumn rainfall rejuvenates it beginning in November.

Natural Phenomena at Yosemite Falls
On a clear night with plenty of moonlight and enough water to create mist, see if you can spot a “moonbow.” During the winter, an ice cone tends to form at the base of the upper fall, while frost accumulates along the edges of the falls.

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Private Tour: Yosemite by Helicopter or Small Plane and SUV from San Francisco, San Francisco, null
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Private Tour: Yosemite by Helicopter or Small Plane and SUV from San Francisco

Not enough time to visit Yosemite, this is a quick trip for you. You leave when the fog clears in the morning and return before it gets dark, and you avoid the ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 7 to 9 hrs

From USD $4,600.00
Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco, San Francisco, Helicopter Tours
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Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco

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Exchange the big-city charms of San Francisco for the fresh air and natural beauty of Yosemite, California's most famous national park. Choose to start your ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.00
Yosemite in a Day Tour from San Francisco, San Francisco, Day Trips
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Yosemite in a Day Tour from San Francisco

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Take a day trip from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park, described as the crown jewel the country's many splendid national parks. You will be guided on a ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

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Yosemite and Glacier Point Tour from Los Angeles by Train, Los Angeles, Day Trips
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Yosemite and Glacier Point Tour from Los Angeles by Train

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Leave the City of Angels for angelic Yosemite on this over-night trip. Hop on the Amtrak from Los Angeles to Fresno where you'll spend the night. The following ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $345.00
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip, San Francisco, Day Trips
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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1474 Reviews

Take time out for a day trip into the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. You'll spend 5 – 6 hours inside the park with a combination of ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

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Yosemite and Glacier Point Day Tour, Yosemite National Park, Day Trips
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Yosemite and Glacier Point Day Tour

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Departing Fresno or Oakhurst, this 9-hour tour of Yosemite National Park covers some of the Yosemite Valley's natural highlights. Capture photos of Bridalveil ...  Read more

Location: Fresno, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $139.00
Yosemite Valley Tour, Yosemite National Park, Day Trips
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Yosemite Valley Tour

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The Yosemite Valley Adventure Tour is a tour of the Yosemite Valley highlighting major points of interest and visiting popular locations you will later dream ...  Read more

Location: Yosemite Valley, California
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Private Full Day in Yosemite National Park from San Francisco, San Francisco, Hiking & Camping
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Private Full Day in Yosemite National Park from San Francisco

This is a Private Tour up to 7 persons only! NOT A BUS TOUR ! With private luxury transport and chauffeur concierge for the day, escape from San Francisco ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $249.00
2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco, San Francisco, Nature & Wildlife
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2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 157 Reviews

On our Yosemite Hotel 2-Day Tour, you’ll have enough time and flexibility to see everything the park has to offer. The tour is fully-guided so you get a more ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $419.00
3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco, San Francisco, Multi-day Tours
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3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 86 Reviews

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. ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $489.00

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