How do you get from to Yosemite? This is a really common question tourists and visitors to the Bay Area ask or wonder. While San Francisco is a tremendous place to visit full of wonderful attractions, many who come here on business or for vacation know they’re not likely to be back in the area anytime soon, if ever, so they’d like to hit the highlights of Northern California as much as they can while there. Yosemite is definitely not something to be missed and to be fair, even many locals wonder how to get from San Francisco to Yosemite too, as they may have never been themselves.
The easiest way is to just drive. Depending on weather and traffic, it takes about three or four hours along I-580 E and CA-120 E for the most direct route. You can search for other directions that provide more scenic routes but they take longer. If you’re pressed for time and just want to hit the park for an afternoon, you can rent a car or take your own right after breakfast, or maybe grabbing food on the way. You can then spend the remaining daylight hours in the park and head back after it closes or it gets dark.
That at least gets you some photos and a taste of the park, although to really experience it, it is far better to stay in the area the night before and after. That gives you a full day so you can see more or maybe even get in a hike.
Don’t feel like driving? There are bus tours that operate out of the Bay Area that let you ride in comfort to the park. You can get a day tour that hits the park and also lets you see the giant sequoias along the way. Weekend excursions also have accommodations you can stay in for a night or two for a longer travel package.
If you have the time and money, then one great way of going is by air. Small charter planes or even a helicopter ride carries a price tag with it, but it gives you the fastest transit to and from the park. Also, while there, the views you get are nothing short of incredible memories you’ll carry with you the rest of your life.
If you ever happen to be in the Bay Area, be sure to spend a day outside the city to witness the majesty of the national treasure that is Yosemite.
Photo by raygunb
Photo by raygunb