Explore two of northern California’s most treasured places on a short journey that will have you discovering San Francisco’s lively neighborhoods and hiking incomparable Yosemite with private guides.

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San Francisco and Yosemite: A Tailor-Made Journey

A Self Drive Journey

6 days from $2,425

Explore two of northern California’s most treasured places on a short journey that will have you discovering San Francisco’s lively neighborhoods and hiking incomparable Yosemite with private guides.

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690

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Handlery Union Square

San Francisco, United States

This centrally-located and family-owned hotel is a comfortable and friendly option with an excellent location on Union Square in the heart of San Francisco. Close to the city's finest shops and attractions, it offers a convenient base for exploring. Service is highly professional and personal, with staff going out of their way to attend to guests' needs and offer advice on where to go and what to do while here.

Decor is in a modern international style, classically elegant but lacking any local sense of character. There are 377 rooms spread across the original hotel building and a newer block which wraps around an outdoor heated pool, a rarity in the city. The rooms are bright and comfortable and offer air conditioning, cable television, fridge, Wi-Fi access and an in-room safe.

The hotel also has a sauna, gym, and an impressive restaurant, the Daily Grill, which is highly regarded by locals and decked out in the style of a 1930s grill. The menu features classic American comfort food and a wide range of wines, spirits and cocktails.

Number of nights: 2

The Redwoods in Yosemite

Yosemite National Park, California, United States

Redwoods in Yosemite operates over 130 cabins, surrounded by forest and located inside of Yosemite National Park. The homes are individually owned and range in size from intimate studios to six bedroom family homes, rating Silver, Gold and Platinum. Enjoy a home from home atmosphere in a fantastic location, only 30 minutes drive to the Valley floor. There are many beautiful trails for hiking that start right from your cabin door including one of Yosemite's best kept secrets, the Chilnualna Falls. This beautiful waterfall is a short hike away from Redwoods and it is a lovely place for a swim. These cabins are perfect for families or those who want to cater for themselves and want an authentic cabin experience. There is no pool or restaurant on site but there are options to eat out only a few miles away. All cabins provide a barbecue, bedding and towels. Please note that Wi-Fi is not available in all cabins.

Number of nights: 3

Tailor-Made Benefits

When you travel on a tailor-made journey, you will receive a Friends of the Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.