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looking at a day trip from San Francisco to Yosemite

looking at going to Yosemite (two matures) from SF and wondering car or bus?

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1. Re: looking at a day trip from San Francisco to Yosemite

Yosemite is a stretch as a day trip from SF. A bus tour does at least relieve you or your travel mates from driving for 4 hours and then touring Yosemite and then driving the 4 hours back. However having your own car and timeline does have it's advantages as well.

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2. Re: looking at a day trip from San Francisco to Yosemite

If only a day trip, taking an organized tour will save 8-9 hours of driving. Not getting lost will mean more time actually enjoying the sights. If you do not mind driving down mountain roads during the dark and enjoy driving, then renting a car may give you more time and flexibility. Taking a public train/bus will typically not work well for a day trip because the round trip alone will take 13+ hours because of the stops and transfer time.

Edited: 1:04 am, January 20, 2013
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3. Re: looking at a day trip from San Francisco to Yosemite

The Top Questions on the SF forum page has some ideas of companies that run trips to Yosemite Valley. Most use a small bus, more like a van. Read the reviews to find one that suits you.

If you'd prefer to drive yourselves, we'd be happy to help you plan your day. What time of year are you visiting?

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4. Re: looking at a day trip from San Francisco to Yosemite

Visiting USA in Aug/sept 2013,not sure which month ,we would be in that area.

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5. Re: looking at a day trip from San Francisco to Yosemite

August brings about 590,000 visitors to Yosemite. September brings only 445,000. I think you'd have a much nicer one day visit in September, especially if it's during the week.

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