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From San Francisco: Yosemite & Tahoe Sierras 4-Day Trip

1. From San Francisco: Yosemite & Tahoe Sierras 4-Day Trip

After departing San Francisco, head through California’s famous Gold Rush Country, high into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. It’s time to experience the majestic views from Yosemite Valley with some of America’s tallest waterfalls and towering granite cliffs rising 4,000 feet from the valley floor. Your guide will help you find the perfect trail to take in this glacially carved valley. Relax on the banks of the Merced River and soak up the spectacular views before heading back to the rustic mountain resort to kick back, have some drinks and share the stories of your day. The next day, enjoy hiking and lunch among the Giant Sequoias before traversing Yosemite’s Tioga Pass viewing iconic sites like the reflective Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows. You'll stay overnight in beautiful Mammoth Lakes. Huge mountains, numerous lakes, and expansive valleys await you! Try your hand at mountain biking or take a scenic Gondola ride to check out one of the most stunning 360 degree views in California. In the morning you'll have the option to visit the Ansel Adams Wilderness area and Devil’s Postpile National Monument, or choose to take a short hike over to Rainbow Falls to snap a selfie! Next, you’re back on the road to Lake Tahoe, with a stop to experience a bit of Gold Rush history at the historic Bodie Ghost Town. in Tahoe you can try your luck at blackjack or the roulette wheel at The Hard Rock, Harrah's or one of South Lake Tahoe's other casinos. If you're not into gambling, try a sunset sail or a lake cruise to Emerald Bay. You’ll stay the night in a South Lake Tahoe hotel or campsite. On your final morning, get up close and personal with Lake Tahoe by kayak, stand-up paddleboard or bike, or take a gondola ride up to Heavenly Mountain resort where an array of adventure activities await. You can also keep it simple and go on a short hike with the guidance of your professional tour leader. You'll be dropped off in San Francisco by 9:00 PM.

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Vegas: 4-Day Tour of Death Valley, Yosemite & San Francisco

2. Vegas: 4-Day Tour of Death Valley, Yosemite & San Francisco

Whether you decide to lodge indoors or camp outside experience an action-packed 4-day adventure leaving the bright lights of Sin City to see two remarkable National Parks. Spend a day exploring the stark beauty of Death Valley National Park. See rolling sand dunes, salt flats, colorful rocks, and tall mountains. You will even visit the hottest, driest, and lowest point in the West, the Badwater Salt Flats. Prepare to revel in the beauty of this unique landscape. Then travel north to enjoy a full day in Yosemite, home of natural wonders as Half Dome, giant sequoia groves, and waterfalls. Take advantage of one of the most beautiful National Parks with a variety of walks or hikes suitable for all abilities. Day 1: Death Valley National Park  Today you will head to Death Valley National Park for a guided tour. Enjoy wonderful photo opportunities and walks at Zabriskie Point, Artist’s Palette, Badwater Basin Salt flats, Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Devil’s Golf Course, and the Mesquite Sand Dunes. After a picnic lunch, you will drive through spectacular scenery to the old Gold Rush Historic town of Bishop for your camping night stop. Day 2: Travel over Tioga Pass or through Lake Isabella Crossing over the *Tioga Pass the next morning will astonish you with impressive views of Olmsted Point, Lake Tenaya, Tuolumne Meadows, and Mono lake en route to Yosemite Valley. Visit the Valley Visitor Center and exhibits, take a mini-tour and get ready for a full day of exploration of Yosemite tomorrow. *Weather permitting- In the event that the Tioga Pass has closed this tour will route through Lake Isabella instead of Bishop. Day 3: Yosemite National Park Spend a full day exploring the walks and trails offered in Yosemite National Park. There are countless walk and hikes ranging from easy to strenuous or opt for a guided tour with your expert Tour Guide to the premier panoramas within the park such as Bridalveil Falls, Lower Yosemite Falls, views of Half Dome and El Capitan. You can also opt for some free time just relaxing or cycling along the Merced River. Day 4: San Francisco City Tour Today the group is heading to the City by the Bay- San Francisco. Your 4-day adventure concludes with a fully guided city tour of this vibrant city. Stops include Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Haight Ashbury, and the Golden Gate Bridge. This tour ends on day 4 at approximately 5:00 PM.

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Yosemite: Giant Sequoias and Alpine Lakes Van Tour with Hike

3. Yosemite: Giant Sequoias and Alpine Lakes Van Tour with Hike

Experience the beauty of Yosemite National Park with an experienced guide. With daily departures from Cedar Lodge and the Yosemite View Lodge, leave your car and worries behind as you take in the views of Yosemite's high country. Meet your guide at Cedar Lodge or Yosemite View Lodge, and enjoy the views on your ride to the Tuolomne Grove trailhead. Follow your guide on the 2.5-mile round-trip path to Tuolumne Grove. Marvel at the massive Giant Sequoia trees, including the iconic Tunnel Tree. Hop back into the van and cruise along Tioga Road to Olmsted Point. Enjoy a boxed lunch with stunning views of Half Dome and Clouds Rest. After lunch, continue up in the van until you reach the gorgeous Tuolumne Meadows. Meander along the 2.5-mile to the top of Pothole Dome. Take in spectacular 360-degree views of Yosemite's tallest peaks. Cool off in the sparkling waters of Tenaya Lake before heading back down to El Portal where the guide will drop you off at your original pickup location.

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What people are saying about Tioga Pass

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Our guide Daniel Gail was very well informed and brought us to many beautiful viewpoints as well as hiking corners. The 4 days were very pleasant. He also could always recommend something in the area we stayed in.