- By kevin
- On Apr 24, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Planning 2 day Yosemite tour from San Francisco, and the travel tips by Globerouter.com to take you getting around Yosemite. Hikers, follow the masses along the John Muir Trail and the Mist Trail, but also escape and make the trek to Tuolumne Meadows, an area which features a treasure trove of under-visited trails.
Getting Around Yosemite
The best way to get around Yosemite is by car. Unless you're taking a private car or public transportation from one of the park's nearby airports, there's no point in ditching your (albeit expensive) rental car and taking Yosemite's shuttles around the park, especially after a long hike. However, during the park's peak travel season, these shuttles will be your friend. Road traffic during the summer is known to cause major delays and trailhead parking lots can fill up fast. If you aren't interested in getting up early to hit popular spots or the trails (which is highly recommended by park officials to avoid crowds), the park's shuttles can save you some serious time.
Having a car is essential to getting around Yosemite, especially if you're visiting outside of the summer months, when park shuttles and some of the YARTS routes aren't running. If you're visiting during summer, having a car can be a pain thanks to crowded parking lots. To avoid road congestion, park officials urge visitors to hit the park's popular attractions early.
There aren't rental car facilities at or near the park. Your best bet is to rent a car at the airport or city you arrive in. Keep in mind that international airport car rentals will be more expensive than at the park's nearby regional airports. If you don't want to drive from the airport to the park, you can take alternative transportation, but it could be a lot more time-consuming. You can take the Amtrak to the Merced train station and from there take the YARTS blue line bus to Yosemite Valley, which costs $25 round trip. The seasonal yellow line, operational from mid-May to mid-September, also takes visitors to Yosemite Valley from Fresno, costing about $30 round trip.