On this Yosemite overnight tour from San Francisco, you can discover the national park’s biggest highlights, plus spend the night at the luxurious and historical Ahwahnee Hotel, the only resort inside the park. Enjoy a relaxing ride from the city to Yosemite, crossing from the Central Valley into the Sierra Nevada, and then spend your time inside the park however you wish. There are myriad ways to take in Yosemite’s waterfalls and natural attractions like Half Dome, from hiking to biking to rafting.
- Overnight trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco including a stay at a luxury hotel
- Take a scenic drive through the Sierra Nevada mountains on the way to Yosemite
- Learn all about the history and geology of Yosemite National Park from an informative guide
- Enjoy plenty of free time to experience Yosemite's many viewpoints and activities on your own
- Stay at the chic Ahwahnee Hotel and take in gorgeous views of Yosemite
- Make use of a hotel pickup and drop-off service from San Francisco
This Yosemite overnight tour from San Francisco is a convenient way to experience one of the United States’ top national parks with no hassle. You’ll have plenty of free time to explore the park however you’d like to see natural attractions like El Capitan and Half Dome.
One night is included at the historical 4-star Ahwahnee Hotel, where famous figures such as Queen Elizabeth II and JFK have stayed; when booking, choose a room for one, two, three or four people. A National Historic Landmark, the Ahwahnee was constructed in the 1920s and continues to offer luxurious amenities. More importantly, the hotel provides views of the park’s major features: Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Guided tours of the grounds are sometimes offered, so check that out if you’re interested in learning more about the hotel.
Meals and activities (such as bike rental or rafting) are not included so you have the flexibility to do and eat what you wish.
Day 1: San Francisco – Yosemite National Park
After pickup from select hotels in the early morning, depart San Francisco by air-conditioned coach for the drive east through California’s Central Valley and the foothills of the Sierra mountain range. Drive along the Merced River into the mountains, and arrive at Yosemite in the early afternoon.
You’ll stop by the Ahwahnee Hotel to drop your luggage, and then you have the rest of the day to spend in the park at your leisure. The visitor center is a good place to start if you’re looking for information about what to do and how to use the park tram to access different locations. Perhaps go hiking in search of waterfalls, raft down the Merced River, rent a bike to explore Yosemite Valley or simply stare in wonder at the steep granite face of Half Dome. Keep your eyes open for wildlife like black-tailed deer, golden eagles, marmots and even black bears.
After this long day, treat yourself to a relaxing dinner in the hotel’s grand dining room, or head to one of the other nearby eateries in the village.
Overnight: Ahwahnee Hotel inside the park
Day 2: Yosemite National Park – San Francisco
You have more free time today to continue discovering the park on your own. You can buy breakfast and lunch at one of several eateries in the park. In the late afternoon, you’ll return to San Francisco to end your overnight Yosemite adventure.