Time for another day trip outside of San Francisco, this time far far away to Yosemite (yes, it is doable in a day trip!)…
After a little research we booked the Total Yosemite Experience℠ & Giant Sequoias tour with Extramomical Tours, mostly due to the fact it was one of the smaller tours on offer. I didn’t fancy visiting such a beautiful park on a huge coach so this suited us well.
We were picked up by our driver and tour guide, the lovely Gino, at the hotel before 6am to get on the road nice and early. Gino gave us some local history along the way and information about our day, and after a couple hours we stopped for a break and to pick up snacks / lunch before starting to climb (and it’s quite a climb, even in an automatic bus!) towards Yosemite National Park.
If you visit October – May you are unlikely to be able to hike to the Tuolumne Giant Sequoia grove as it’ll still be covered in snow, unfortunately this happened for us but we weren’t expecting to be able to so weren’t too disheartened. Instead we worked our way towards Tunnel View for our first stop inside the Park; I think this views speak for itself:
Next up we stop for various views incl. Bridalveil Falls and Half Dome:
During the lunch break we got free time to explore as we wished; CLB and I decided to walk to Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America. It was pretty busy as you can expect but was incredible, I can still hear how powerful the water is!
We re-boarded the bus and headed towards a viewing point for El Capitan where we tried to spot rock climbers and despite being devoid of binoculars just about managed it. After this there were a couple more stops for photo opportunities before we started the descent from the Sierras.
As we headed back to San Francisco we had another rest break to grab a bite to eat and stretch our legs. It was pitch black by the time we got back to the city which was absolutely perfect for one final stop, at Treasure Island for a perfect night time view of the skyline:
The tour concluded back at our hotel and after such a jam packed day we pretty much just collapsed in a very happy heap! We had the most wonderful day and were completely in awe walking and driving around the park, the dream would be to return one day where we could stay a few nights, and to hike each day, perhaps rock climb too and fully take in the beauty of the place.