San Francisco And Yosemite Self Drive Explorer

Starts in
San Francisco
8 Days
San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco

Embark on an unforgettable self-drive journey that combines the cosmopolitan allure of San Francisco with the natural splendor of Yosemite National Park. Kick off your adventure in San Francisco, where you can experience the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, bustling Fisherman’s Wharf, and vibrant neighborhoods like Mission and Haight-Ashbury. Then, head east to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite, where granite cliffs, waterfalls, and serene valleys await. Highlights include hiking near El Capitan, marveling at the ancient sequoias in Mariposa Grove, and catching sunset views from Glacier Point. This itinerary perfectly blends urban exploration with outdoor adventure, offering a rich taste of Northern California’s diverse charms.

This 8-day/7-night San Francisco And Yosemite Self Drive Explorer package includes accommodations of your choice, a rental car, and sightseeing tours of your choice. Please note that this itinerary is flexible, and you can adjust it based on your interests, available time, and any specific attractions or sites you would like to prioritize.


  • Rental vehicle with outlined inclusions
  • Keytours 24-hour emergency assistance
  • Accommodations of your choice
  • Sightseeing tours and/or activites of your choice


  • Items of a personal nature
  • All other items not mentioned as included
  • Select local taxes where applicable
  • Rental car add-ons, i.e. GPS, winter tires, maps, etc.
  • Travel insurance; please inquire with your Keytours travel consultant




Arrival - San Francisco

Welcome to San Francisco! Upon arrival at San Francisco International Airport, pick up your rental vehicle and drive approximately 40 to 50 minutes to the accommodation of your choice. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Before heading out for dinner, you may want to enjoy a cocktail at the View Lounge on the 39th floor of the San Francisco Marriott Marquis for amazing views of the city.



San Francisco

Experience the essence of San Francisco with a range of tours and activities. Start your day with a classic city tour, a walking tour through the vibrant Mission District, or explore the historic streets of Chinatown for unique dining experiences. Take a ride on the city's iconic cable cars to discover exciting sights and sample famous local dishes. For a touch of nature, cross the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods and marvel at the towering redwoods, some reaching up to 380 feet. Stop at Muir Beach Overlook for spectacular views of the Pacific Coast and possibly spot whales depending on the season. To maximize your time, conclude your day in the charming towns of Sausalito or Tiburon, enjoying fresh seafood by the Bay and visiting local favorites like the Pier 39 sea lions.



San Francisco - Yosemite

Check out of your hotel in San Francisco and embark on a scenic eastward drive to Yosemite National Park. Upon arrival, take the evening to settle into your accommodations and relax, preparing for the adventures ahead.




Immerse yourself in the wonders of Yosemite National Park, home to breathtaking landscapes and countless treasures. Spend the day on a private guided tour, discovering iconic sights like El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and the ancient sequoias of Mariposa Grove. For a more adventurous option, embark on a sunset 4x4 jeep tour to Devils Peak, where you'll experience panoramic views and the stunning colors of the setting sun over the rugged terrain. Whether you choose a full day of exploration or an exhilarating evening adventure, Yosemite's natural beauty will leave you in awe.




Today, tailor your experience to your interests and hobbies. Explore some of Yosemite Valley’s scenic trails or, if you're an adventurer, embark on a private tour of El Capitan, a rock climber's dream. Alternatively, enjoy e-biking through the Sierra foothills, or if photography is your passion, take a photography lesson to capture the park’s majestic beauty.




Discover more excitement and wonder in Yosemite. Don’t miss the awe-inspiring Yosemite Falls, the fifth largest waterfall in the world, thundering down through three separate cascades and totaling nearly half a mile in height. You can also opt for a private guided hiking tour, a fly-fishing adventure with your family, or a hike through Hetch Hetchy to Wapama Falls.



Yosemite - San Francisco

This morning, head west back towards San Francisco. Along the way, you may want to make a stop California’s gold country to see historic Gold Rush era towns. In the evening, enjoy a final dinner and evening in San Francisco.



San Francisco - Departure

Check out of your hotel and drive to San Francisco International Airport where you will return your rental vehicle and check-in for your onward flight.

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