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Yosemite Valley Any Day. Yosemite One Day Trip From $149. Spend 4 hours in the Park! From San Francisco | San Jose | Oakland! Hike up to Vernal Fall. More freedom to explore on your own. We will give you sufficient information to enjoy your trip to Yosemite! Train delay telephone or online help included.
What you see on this trip:
Yosemite Valley – Coming on Highway 140 through El Portal past Arch Rock Entrance you see the cliffs on both sides of the Merced River Canyon. Crossing the river going on South Side Road Bridal Veil Fall and Leaning Tower are visible. Looming across the Valley is the huge El Capitan monolith. Driving further you see Cathedral Rocks, Sentinel Rock, Half Dome and Clouds Rest. Yosemite Falls is seen on the left and past Yosemite Chapel crossing the Sentinel Bridge you see the iconic Half Dome.
Stop at the Visitor Center to have a quick light lunch, see Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite Theater, American Indian village of the native tribe The Ahwahneechee and Yosemite Falls. It is easy to spend three and a half hours these Valley highlights. No strenuous hiking. You can take a short walk for about thirty minutes from Visitor Center area to Yosemite Falls. ALTERNATELY take the shuttle (subject to operations) to Mist Trail, Yosemite’s Most Popular Waterfall Hike. Return to Yosemite Visitor Center in time to catch the return bus. On the way back on North Side Drive you drive below Three Brothers and El Capitan. Visible at the bend in Merced river are Cathedral Rocks and a view of the Valley in East. Soon you see where the glacier stopped and the valley got filled in, past that the rocks and down the river.
Leave Yosemite Valley at Arch Rock coming to El Portal on the way to Merced. If you only have one day this is the most you can do. Ideally you should spend the night in Mariposa or El Portal or inside Yosemite Valley to give you fuller experience. We can book Yosemite Lodge, Ahwanee Hotel and Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal and other suitable hotel for you.
- Independent trip with Train and Bus from San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland
- 4 hours in the park
- Comfortable seating on the train with restroom and cellphone outlet. Cafe Car for meals and drinks (including liquor) and snack. Large bus from Merced to Yosemite.
- Valley shuttle and sightseeing map and information included
- Option to go by Train and Private car with Tunnel View
Yosemite One Day Trip. If you only have one day!
Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of America’s most magnificent National Parks, located 215 miles south east of San Francisco. You go by AMTRAK train to Merced and then large bus to Yosemite. You spend at least four hours in Yosemite and the option to take a comprehensive Valley Tour or take the Mist Trail, Yosemite’s Most Popular Waterfall Hike or enjoy Ice Skating at Half Dome Village for winter season.
This is an economical and way of taking a day trip. It is not a group tour with one single driver taking you up there and back all the way. Half way in Merced you have a break at the station. If you do not have a night to spare and this is the only time you are here then it is worth the long journey.
Tour Code: SYTRB
Cost from April 1st to October 31, 2021: $149 per adult / $129 child age 2 to 11
Cost includes: Round trip transportation by train and bus, Shuttle and Sightseeing Map of the Valley, Written step by step guide, Booking and information service fee, Park entrance fee, Fuel Charge, Tax
*Option to go by Train and Private car with Tunnel View for $189.00 per adult / $169 child age 2 to 11 minimum 2 people
GOING THERE by TRAIN (147 miles) and Large bus (82 miles)
From San Francisco At 6:55 a.m. check in at San Francisco Transit center (about 15 to 25 minutes walking distance from Union Square area). Thruway bus takes you across the Oakland Bay Bridge you reach the train station by 7:20. Board train at 7:40. The passenger carriages have wide comfortable seats with lots of legroom and restrooms. Get snacks in the Café Car. Enjoy this very nice train ride through the Delta area, small towns and miles of vineyards, almond and other nut and fruit trees and vegetable farms rarely seen by visitors. At 10:50 a.m. bus will pick you up at train station. Arrive Yosemite Arch Rock entrance by 12:30. Driving along Merced River with Granite Rocks you soon see Bridal Veil Fall, Cathedral Rocks, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Centinel Rock, Half Dome arrive at Yosemite Visitor at 1:10 p.m. Time to grab lunch. A short 15 minute walk gets you to Yosemite Falls. The in Park shuttle can take you to The Ahwahnee Hotel, Camp Curry and Mirror Lake. Additional boarding locations and times: San Jose: 6:00 a.m. | Oakland: 7:30 a.m.
Return from Yosemite Lodge: Leave Yosemite Valley by bus at 4:30 p.m. for Merced. Transfer by train at 7:30 p.m. arriving East Bay train station around 10:10. Transfer to San Francisco by bus arriving at Salesforce center about 10:40 p.m.
*OPTIONAL VALLEY FLOOR TOUR. 2 hours. 26 miles. 2:00 PM
In rare instances if the trip is interrupted or delayed by train or bus appropriate refund or alternate transportation arrangements will be made by us when possible
Please submit reservation form below. We will get back to you within 24 to 48 hours.
Yosemite One Day Trip Reservation Form
California Travel Planning – California Coast and other surrounding areas have many places to stay and various activities. For example you can taste very good wines, go whale watching on Monterey Bay, walk among the magnificent Coastal Redwoods, gaze at the Pacific from Big Sur, see the elephant seals and Hearst Castle at San Simeon. A drive on California Coast Highway One from Monterey to Morro Bay is once in a lifetime experience for most people. Each season has its own unique beauty and experience. We arrange custom trips including transportation, accommodations, etc.
Although you can plan your own trip using a lot of information online that is not always updated and at times may not be suitable for the days of your travel. We offer itinerary preparation service for reliable, dependable details and suggestions about transport, lodging and available activities based on our staff experience of 50 plus years about trips along the Coast for an initial $25 consulting fee. Hopefully you will find that reasonable and allow us to be of service. You can then book various components of the trip by yourself directly. If we make all the bookings and arrangements for you the $25 fee will be credited to the final cost of the trip.
California Travel Initial Consulting Fee
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us
Yosemite Travel Planning – Yosemite Valley and the surrounding area has many places to stay and various tours and activities. For most people this is once in a lifetime experience. Each season has its own unique beauty and experience. We arrange custom trips including transportation, accommodations, etc.
Although you can plan your own trip using a lot of information online that is not always updated and at times may not be suitable for the days of your travel. We offer itinerary preparation service for reliable, dependable details and suggestions about transport, lodging and available activities based on our staff experience of 50 plus years about trips to Yosemite for an initial $25 consulting fee. Hopefully you will find that reasonable and allow us to be of service. You can then book various components of the trip by yourself directly. If we make all the bookings and arrangements for you the $25 fee will be credited to the final cost of the trip.
Yosemite Travel – Initial Consulting Fee
- Train from Los Angeles through Santa Barbara, Vandenberg AFB, and Salinas Valley.
- Overnight in Salinas or Monterey
- If staying in Salinas visit farms and fields and Steinbeck Center
- Historic Monterey, Cannery Row, 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Carmel
- Drive to Big Sur including Coastal Redwoods
- Train to San Francisco
- Comfortable seating
- Dinning and Lounge car on the train
About the tour:
California Coast Tour from Los Angeles to San Jose and San Francisco.This independent trip is made possible by taking train from Anaheim or Los Angeles to Monterey, spending a night there and then next day private car to Big Sur and Monterey and to San Jose or San Francisco.
Day 1 – Anaheim or Los Angeles to Salinas and Monterey. 375 miles:
On Coast Starlight train leave Union Station, Los Angeles at 10:15 a.m. (or Anaheim at 8:07 a.m. for additional $15 per person). Riding through suburbs of Los Angeles we see Simi Valley and Fillmore, orange groves and green houses, reaching the Pacific coast at Oxnard. As the train hugs the shores we see the most magnificent vistas. West through Santa Barbara and then turning north at Goleta the suburbs give way to rural land as we pass by Vandenberg Space Station on the way to Pismo Beach. Fields of strawberries and miles of new vines are all around us as we ride north to San Luis Obispo. Soon the train chugs up Cuesta Grade through six or seven tunnels and then drops down going to the horse ranches and pasture lands of Paso Robles. At Camp Roberts we enter Monterey County and run alongside the Salinas River. Oil fields give way to the Valley, one of the richest agricultural areas in California. Riding through one of the largest vineyards we come upon miles of broccoli, lettuce, flowers and berries. The train lets us off in Salinas where John Steinbeck chronicled the transformation of Monterey county from the days of depression to the wealthier times. Stay the night in Salinas or car transfer takes us past Laguna Seca to the ocean at Monterey Bay where Golf courses, mansions and scenic drives take over. It should be just after 7:15 in the evening. Check in at Casa Munras Hotel or similar place in historic Monterey near Fisherman’s Wharf
DINNING ON THE TRAIN:
THE DINNING CAR & CAFE LOUNGE CAR ON COAST STARLIGHT MENU
The Dinning Car offers a truly unique restaurant style dinning experience to both Sleeping Car and Coach passengers. Enjoy regional wines and regionally inspired dishes prepared by our talented chefs, all the while enjoying a level of service you’d expect of a fine restaurant. In addition to the Dinning Car, all passengers are invited to relax, socialize and dine in the Cafe Lounge Car. The Lounge Car offers extended hours and a more casual environment where you can satisfy your appetite with sandwiches, snacks, beer, cocktails, wine, and an assortment of sodas and juices.
Day 2 – Monterey Peninsula, Big Sur and then to San Jose or San Francisco. 194 miles:
If you spend the night in Salinas a local resident guide can take you on very interesting visits to the farms, fields, and packing plants. At Steinbeck Center see the history of Valley of the World. Meet the travelers who stayed in Monterey at about 12:30 p.m. for a tour of Monterey, Cannery Row, Pacific Grove. See the Pacific crashing on to the rocks and swirling around on the 17 Mile Drive, where the Lone Cypress stands guard. Brush with luxury at the golf courses and resorts of Pebble Beach. Time in Carmel by the Sea for shopping & browsing.
If you spend the night in Monterey at about 9:00 go south on Highway One to Big Sur stopping at Bixby Bridge, the Coastal Redwoods and Nepenthe. Return by 12:30 to continue on the Monterey tour.
Continue to San Jose 120 miles:
Around 3:30 the driver takes you via Prunedale and then Highway 101 crossing San Andreas Fault and Morgan Hill and Gilroy. The rural land gives way to the urban sprawl of San Jose, reaching Diridon station around 5:30.
To continue to San Francisco or Oakland area the driver can take you or you can connect to train arriving by 9:30 or so.
Rates: California Coast Monterey Big Sur 2 days from Los Angeles – Tour Code LA1M
Available Monday and Wednesday except on certain holidays
$496 single person. $596 for two. $100 for each additional person. Maximum 4 persons. To continue to San Francisco add $100 per person. (updated November 20th, 2020)
*Plus hotel rooms from $200 to $500. Cost depends on availability and the prevailing rate at the hotel of your choice.
AMTRAK train from Los Angeles, Hotel room with tax, Tour of Monterey Peninsula, Entrance fee for 17 Mile Drive and transport to San Jose or San Francisco area.. This independent trip is made possible by taking train from Los Angeles, staying the night in Salinas or Monterey, Monterey sightseeing tour by private sedan car and to San Jose and option to San Francisco. For questions and clarification please contact us or fill out request form below. We will get back to you within 24 to 72 hours.