Located within three hours of San Francisco is some of the world’s most spectacular scenery in popular Yosemite National Park. Loved by hikers, climbers, photographers, and nature-lovers, Yosemite features famed attractions of high cliffs and waterfalls, as well as giant sequoias in Tuolumne Grove, prime hiking at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, and vistas at Tuolumne Meadows. Driving the most direct route from San Francisco on Highway 120 to the park’s Big Oak Flat Entrance in Tuolumne County, visitors will pass through Gold Rush country of California, home to famed Highway 49, two state parks, and historic hotels and saloons. This area is also noted for its outdoor attractions, including excellent nighttime star-gazing and sport activities such as skiing and snowshoeing in the winter and boating, fishing, and horseback riding in the summer. Self-drive is easy, and multiple chartered tours are available from San Francisco.