Yosemite National Park – San Francisco Day Trip
Hey guys! Let’s talk about the beautiful, amazing, and breathtaking Yosemite National Park. We were so excited to be visiting San Francisco earlier this year, but when we found out we would just be a few hours away from Yosemite we were elated! We have been wanting to check out more and more nature spots and national parks are high on the list. Although we had rented a car we figured the three-hour drive to and from would take a toll on us since we were already experiencing some jet lag and long days. So we looked up some tours and booked our tour with GuideYou.com.
Since we stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in South San Francisco we actually had to drive into San Francisco for a 6:30 am pick up at one of the hotels downtown. The time was too early to take public transportation into the city and be able to get there on time, so we did incur an extra cost for having to park our rental in a parking garage.
Our travel guide Mitch picked us up and we were on our way for an adventure that would take up basically the entire day. Mitch was great and told us some history along the way. He was very interactive with all of us on the bus; it was about 20 of us in total. We learned about the different nuts and mustard growing along the fields, some bay area history, and got to see some cute sheep and cows. It was a beautiful site and we were happy to just sit back and relax and not stress about driving or watching directions. We were so thankful to have gone on the tour as well since part of the road as you approach Yosemite National Park is actually closed or re routed due to a landslide. If we would not have known this information, I am not so sure we would have taken a correct route in or known to wait our turns.
As we entered the park Mitch would pull over for lots of photo ops of gorgeous mountains such as the North Dome and El Capitan. We did get to see the beauty of Yosemite as a whole. We were free to roam Yosemite for about a little under four hours.
We headed on over to the Yosemite Falls. It was a major attraction and for quite the reason since it was so beautiful! We stopped along the way and got off the trails taking some detours so we can check out more rocks and the forest. Along the trail to the waterfall we were pleasantly surprised to see that the ground had ice! We were so ecstatic since neither one of us had never seen snow before so this was our closest experience to it. So we of course took a break and made some snow balls and threw them at each other just like anyone else who had seen ice for the first time would naturally do ;}. We were definitely taking it all in and enjoying everything we encountered along the way.
The only downside of the tour was that nearly four hours was not nearly enough! Once we headed back to the bus on our way out we did have more stops along the way to check out some more wonderful spots but only for a few minutes each. Then we were taken back to the hotels, where we were picked up at. All and all it was a lovely tour. BUT if you have more than one day to spare we suggest you sleep over. We can’t wait to go back because we only got to enjoy a small piece of this huge and gorgeous national park. I mean we had so much fun and yet only got to roam free in a tiny portion. We can’t imagine how lovely it would have been to spend a few days and bask in the glory of this beautiful creation of God. We are hoping we can go back and camp someday, but do recommend that if you can’t drive and only have one day to spare, you book this tour. We are grateful to have gotten those hours at Yosemite National Park because in a short time we created lots of wonderful memories!
Please check out our pictures below and let us know if you have any questions or want any more info :).
*Disclaimer it was in the very low 30’s when we went so hence the layers upon layers we are wearing!