Top 3 Bus Charter Day Trips From San Francisco


San Francisco is without a doubt one of the best cities in the United States. It boasts a huge technology landscape, national parks, great restaurants, and more. No wonder its one of the most expensive cities to live in the US. With that said, it is also a great place to be in get to some great destinations with a bus charter. Below are the Top 3 destinations in the San Francisco areas that you can visit using a bus charter.

Napa Valley

These destinations are no secret—nearly 3 million folks venture out to nearby Napa Valley for a vineyard or winery tour to seek fresh air and some of the world’s best wineries. Nearly 95% of the 500 establishments here are family-owned, which means your group can support local growers while you take in the beautiful Mediterranean-esque views and delicious sips.

And while the area does offer preset vineyard-hopping tours that span the 150-year history of the valley, for those who like to taste and explore at their own pace, we recommend reserving a private bus rental. That way, your connoisseurs can pick and choose which establishments they want to visit rather than hoping the Napa Valley Wine Train stops at their desired winery. Plus, everyone will have a designated driver already when it’s time to head home, so no one has to worry about sitting out and driving their personal car or waiting around for an Uber or Lyft to arrive.

Yosemite National Park

At 340 miles round-trip, the journey to this famous national park made famous by Muir’s writings is a bit of a long haul—but once you see the breathtaking views of El Capitan and the Half Dome, we bet you’ll think it’s worth the drive.

You can technically see the park’s highlights in a day, especially if you leave very early in the morning and let a bus charter driver handle the ride home after a long day on the trails. But considering there’s so much to take in even while driving through—not to mention all the world-renowned hikes you can take here—we recommend spending at least two days if you want to make the most of Yosemite. (If you do decide to spend the night, just keep in mind that you’ll be responsible for your charter bus driver’s lodging as well.)

Muir Woods

Feel adventurous? Then round up your hiking buddies, outdoor adventure group, or fellow picnickers for a day trip out to Muir Woods National Monument! In these 240 acres of woodlands, kids and kids-at-heart will enjoy taking in the larger-than-life redwoods, giant ferns, banana slugs, and other ancient wildlife that’s been here since the days of the dinosaurs.

The most common mistake first-time visitors make when planning a visit to Muir Woods is forgetting to make the proper reservations—which are required to enter the forest and to park on the grounds. To ensure availability, we recommend contacting the park’s office at least a month ahead of your visit so there are no awkward mix-ups at the gate. Parking reservations are on a per-car basis, which is why visiting in an oversized vehicle like a minibus or a charter bus can be beneficial for larger groups. Rather than arriving multiple vehicles and paying $8.50 per car, you can rent a minibus and pay $30 for everyone or rent a charter bus and pay $45. When you split the cost evenly amongst your passengers, many groups find it cheaper to take the bus!

Ready To Book?

To get started with your bus charter trip to one (or even all 3) of these great destinations in the San Francisco area give Nationwide Bus Charter a call at 800-439-2015 or visit our website at 

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