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2-Day Yosemite National Park Winter Tour from San Francisco
"Immerse yourself in the beauty and solitude of Yosemite National Park in the winter with this 2-day tour from San Francisco. Throughout your trip your guide will teach you about the history of Yosemite and give you great advice on how to get the most out of your time in the park.""""Escape to the snow-capped mountains of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco for two full days. Take a coach tour of Yosemite Valley with your guide and enjoy various activities during your free time such as hiking and snowshoeing. Soak in views o Yosemite is said to be best in the winter months!Likely to Sell Out: Rooms at the Yosemite Lodge often sell out months in advance. Reserve early to avoid disappointment"title=Highlights&1=2-day+winter+tour+of+Yosemite+National+Park+from+San+Francisco&2=Take+a+coach+tour+of+spectacular+Yosemite+Valley+and+enjoy+views+of+famous+sites+such+as+Half+Dome&3=Stay+overnight+at+the+cozy+Yosemite+Lodge+at+the+Falls&4=Choose+from+a2 days / 1 night
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Yosemite In A Day Tour from San Francisco
"The tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel or in front of The Parc 55 Hotel in one of our comfortable vans. We will then drive east across the San Francisco Bay Bridge with views of San Francisco Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. We will continue on through the Central Valley (San Joaquin Valley) of California. The Central Valley is the largest food growing region in the United States. We will drive past almond walnut cherry and other fruit and nut orchards. After making a quick stop for snacks we will continue on into the Sierra Nevada foothills and California’s gold country where we will drive through the historic gold country town of Groveland California and finally into the mountains and Yosemite National Park.Once in the park
From $140.00
 
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip
"Your journey begins with a convenient pickup at your hotel. You'll cross the San Francisco Bay Bridge en route to the Sierra Nevada mountain range driving through gold rush towns as your guide carries you back to the era of the old West.In the late morning enter Yosemite National Park where you'll take a guided walk. Visit the Tuolumne Grove (weather permitting) and be amazed by the size of the redwood trees in Yosemite's largest grove. Let the serene surroundings of the forest recharge your energy. Stop a watch for rock climbers as they daringly make their way to the summit. In the springtime marvel at the tallest waterfall in the park Yosemite Falls.After you may explore Yosemite Valley on your own. For lunch
From $159.00

Shuttle Bus Tips (22)

Free shuttles between the trailheads.

There are free shuttle buses in the park, which also drive to trail heads not allowed to access with your own car.
The link below will bring you directly to the information about the shuttle buses on the official homepage of the Yosemite National Park. See the downloadable map there...

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gubbi1
Oct 31, 2007

Best way to get around the valley

Yosemite has more than 3 million visitors every year and most of them go to Yosemite Valley, so it can get very crowded especially during the summer. When you're driving, its also very easy to get distracted by the breathtaking views all around you. It may also be difficult to find parking.

To give the wonderful scenery your full attention, and help the environment, take the free shuttle bus which runs through different points of interest all around the valley. They run every 20 minutes so you don't have to wait too long.

Some shuttle buses are tours or hikers buses and may charge a fee, such as the one going to Glacier Point. But getting around the valley is totally free.

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Moira126
Apr 04, 2011

Free shuttles are great

The shuttles run until about 10p at night. The buses are air conditioned and pretty big. All the stops are numbered and you can pick up a pocket map of the schedule and bus routes. We took the shuttle out to Happy Isles after dark to look at the stars. The drivers are helpful and friendly and will point out wildlife and scenery to you.

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ddbleu
Apr 04, 2011

Shuttles and Hikers Buses

The best way to get around the valley is to leave your car in the day-use car park and catch the shuttle buses to wherever you wish to go. They run fairly frequently - every 20 minutes or so - are free of charge and help to avoid congestion on the valley's roads.

For those without cars who wish to venture further afield, there are also hikers buses to Toulomne Meadows ($14.50 one-way or $23.00 return) and Glacier Point ($15.00 each way)

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sunshinejo
Apr 04, 2011
 
 
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Free shuttle bus service

Free shuttle bus service is provided throughout the eastern portion of Yosemite Valley year-round. In summer, free shuttle buses run from Wawona to Mariposa Grove and from Tioga Pass to Tenaya Lake and the May Lake parking area. Hikers' buses run daily to Glacier Point late spring through autumn and to Tuolumne Meadows late June through Labor Day. Call 209.372.1240 for hikers' bus fees, schedule, and reservations.

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sunnywong
Sep 12, 2002

Yosemite Valley Shuttle Bus

The Shuttle Buses are a great way to get around Yosemite Valley. They go every 10 minutes from early morning to late at night and stop at all important places like hotels, visitor centers, trailheads and car parks. They are free!

And the drivers are an attraction as well, they are constantly talking into their microphones to entertain and inform their passengers, explain some sights, talk about the hotels, the animals, the weather, the mountains or just have conversations with some passengers and the whole bus can listen. I learnd a lot about the quality of pillows nowadays - they are nothing like the pillows in the good old days!

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IceBear7
Apr 04, 2011

Yosemite Valley Visitor Shuttle

The Yosemite Valley shuttle is free and stops at 23 locations in the park. The shuttles are air conditioned, which is nice because it can get hot in the valley during the summer months. There are a few parking lots in Yosemite where you can park your car and it is a short walk to a shuttle stop. During the height of summer traffic gets very congested and moves very slow.

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luv2scrap
Apr 04, 2011

Be eco-friendly

Rather than driving yourself all around use the (mainly)free shuttle bus to get to the main sites in the park. It is free to get around the valley, to Wawona and the Mariposa Grove and also to Tuolumne Meadows. To get to Glacier Point a fee is charged.

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pmarshuk
Apr 04, 2011

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"The Incomparable Valley (and Park)"
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"On Becoming Part of the Food Chain: Yosemite"
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Shuttle bus transportation

The free Tuolumne Meadows shuttle bus provides convenient access throughout the Tuolumne Meadows area between the Tuolumne Lodge and Olmsted Point (including Tenaya Lake) during the summer. In addition to its regular route, the bus picks up and drops off passengers at Tioga Pass at 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 5:00 pm.

The Tuolumne Meadows Hikers' Bus provides convenient access along the Tioga Road for hikers wanting to begin a hike along the Tioga Road. The bus leaves Yosemite Valley each morning (July through Labor Day) with stops at Crane Flat, White Wolf, and Tuolumne Meadows Lodge. Per person charge: Adults $11.00, Children $5.50, depending on where the passenger is dropped off. To guarantee seating, hikers must purchase tickets one day in advance.

The Glacier Point Hikers' Bus provides convenient access to Glacier Point for hikers wanting to begin a hike at Glacier Point and end elsewhere or for visitors not wanting to drive to Glacier Point. Visitors may ride the bus to Glacier Point and hike down, or hike up and return by bus. To guarantee seating, hikers must purchase tickets one day in advance.

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spartan
Apr 04, 2011

Shuttel Buses Are A Great Option

Yosemite is yet another National Park that can help get you around. Just check out a shuttle schedule and enjoy the scenery and ride.

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mikehanneman
Apr 04, 2011

Things to Do Near Yosemite National Park

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Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake was empty when we visited this place on 12 September 2009. Even though the lack of water was unexpected, it was quite an interesting sight and we also had the rare opportunity to stand on...
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Ahwahnee Hotel

We didn't stay at the Ahwahnee Hotel, so I can't comment on its lodging attributes, but we did have a few rounds at the bar after a long day of hiking, and we spent about 30-40 minutes walking around...
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Half Dome

The half dome is one of the most popular hikes in Yosemite. At over 400 feet incline, it is a difficult hike. The trail runs 12 miles; 6 miles each way. It is a seven hour hike in all. Since I was...
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Valley

This is a must do, even if there is traffic. The views are amazing and there are plenty of parking along side the road if there is a view you would like to see a little longer.Coming into the valley,...
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Glacier Point

Okay, they say a photo is worth a thousand words, so I have, by way of the photos here ALREADY written 5,000 words ^O^. But if you have the time, take the road up to Glacier Point, it is one of those...
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Falls

We went to Yosemite in July, it was perfect, the weather is not too hot then. We went on a hike, an easy one, passing by the Yosemite Falls, it's really beautiful. It's at 2,425 ft. There are several...
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