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Yosemite Valley Lodge, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
+1 209-372-1240
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All reviews open air tram park ranger great overview ranger guide valley floor green dragon open top bus tunnel view yosemite valley el capitan two hours first time visitors bathroom break lay of the land take pictures major sights photo ops
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Many interesting stories, frequent stops for photos. Bring binoculars to see the climbers. History and references to more information as well as recommendations for what else to see if you have more time. We heard about the Mariposa Grove from the guide.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Westea
Reviewed October 27, 2018

You have to go to the Valley if you are in the area. I cannot walk and they had a few handicap accessible trails which was so wonderful. There is a 2 hour bus tour that gives you all the high points, geology and history....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Barbara B
Reviewed October 21, 2018

My family and I had the worst experience on our valley tour. There was a woman sitting across from us who complained that our 2 and 4 year old was loud to the bus attendant. We were very mindful of keeping them quiet and I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Akiko Y
Reviewed October 18, 2018

My wife and I joined an out of state couple in touring Yosemite Valley in early October 2018. We only had one day so we decided on a tour offered by a National Park contractor. Our tour started promptly at 1pm and took us thru...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Robert D
Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

While the Yosemite Valley Floor Tour was rather pricey, Ranger Cindy was a passionate and knowledgeable tour guide. It was great to ride in the open-air tram. The tour stops at tunnel view and valley view, and goes for 2 hours in total.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Alana G
Reviewed September 22, 2018

This is the very best way to see the valley and all the best view points on an open trailer with a very informative Park Ranger giving a full and interesting commentary for the whole 2 hour tour. Ranger Cindy was excellent.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Nick E
Reviewed September 14, 2018

The floor tour took us to Tunnel View, (El Capitan, Half Dome, etc., Bridal Veil Falls. There are 2 stops, one with a bathroom break. You are in an open shuttle so you have plenty of time for photo ops. The tour is 2 hours...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Susan M
Reviewed September 12, 2018

This is all done in an open-air bus, so good weather is a must for a pleasurable ride. They stop at most of the main attraction sites so you can take photos. Other places are mentioned so you at least know what they are. The...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank DoreenHeff
Reviewed September 3, 2018

We highly recommend the 2 hour valley floor tour. We learned so much about the park and rock climbing. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. We had spent the day before hiking throughout the park and I felt a tour like this would be a nice...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank TravelersMichigan
Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

Our tour guide, Dakota, brought Yosemite alive for us!! 👍🏻 His enthusiasm & knowledge of the history of the valley from the past to the present was amazing. His love & passion for the valley was truly shown & was contagious. We were lucky to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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September 10, 2018|
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Response from wanderlustandsparkle | Reviewed this property |
It depends on how fast you can get to your hotel and if you can get early check in. I got to my hotel didn't have early check in so I drop my bags off (which most hotels hold your bags) and went to go get something for... More
April 14, 2018|
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Response from Betty49 | Reviewed this property |
I called the park in advance and booked a few tours. Try calling 209-372-0200. If you are going in prime season then you need to book early
April 5, 2018|
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Response from Betty49 | Reviewed this property |
you can book the tour through the Yosemite National Park services. Try to do that as soon as possible.
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Linda H
Melbourne, Australia
Yosemite (3 Replies)
We will be visiting Yosemite from Australia in early June and want to do the Yosemite Valley floor tour.. Can anyone tell me if they book out quickly, and do the tours run throughout the day. There is only a telephone number to book, so I am going to wait till in the USA, but we do not want to miss out Thanks for any info Linda
February 23, 2012|
Response frommarmot1995|
Last year from about May through middle of Augst, every Valley Floor Tour except sometimes the twilight tour was selling out each day by about mid morning. This may change this year as the waterfalls will not be anywhere near as spectacular as last year. People were able to get tickets a day in advance, generally without issue. Usually 10-3 every hour plus a twilight tour running around 5:30 or 6 depending on time of year. Good luck!
What to see in 6 hours? (10 Replies)
Hi all! I will be in Yosemite this Sunday, Sep 22 for about 6 hours. I will be driving from SF and expect to be at Yosemite around 10.30-11am and will have to leave the park around 5pm. Some of you have already recommended a couple of things to see like Glacier Point and Tunnel View...but it is my understanding that Glacier Point is another 2 hour drive away from SF, right? Also, on Yosemite website I can see a 2 hours Yosemite Valley Floor tour by bus which looks interesting as well. ...More
September 17, 2013|
Response fromPacificNWFamily|
Glacier Point is a one hour drive ... each way. So it's not 2 more hours from SF but would add 2 additional hours of driving. I wouldn't want to sit on a tour after sitting in a car for 4 hours and knowing I'll be in the car for 4 more hours, but that's me. I don't know if you'd like to sit. Read through the Day Trips in the "Yosemite National Park trip ideas" on the right. Do you want a long day hike? A few strolls? Are you interested in renting bikes? Do you want to hike/walk...More
Celina B
Yosemite Valley Floor Tour (4 Replies)
How do I book the open air tram Yosemite Valley Floor Tour? I've read the reviews but I don't know where to book. Thank you!
February 02, 2018|
Response fromCelina B|
Thank you so much!