Yosemite Tours: About Us

Yosemite Day Use Permit Not Required To Take Any Of Our Tours
Yosemite is open and we are running small group tours. If someone in your party is higher-risk or concerned about being in a confined space with other people, you are advised to consider scheduling a private tour. Although we are taking all the precautions possible to reduce the chance of Coronavirus infection you will be touring at your own risk. Since 6′ distancing is not possible on the bus, CDC guidelines require that guests wear a face mask while on the bus. If you have a reservation and you feel ill or you have knowingly been exposed to Coronavirus please let us know prior to your tour date. View full Covid guidelines.

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About Discover Yosemite

What sets Discover Yosemite apart?

Professionalism: Our associates have decades of experience between them. You’ll find our office staff is organized, efficient and courteous. We have experience coordinating tours and transportation for groups ranging from destination weddings to Fortune 500 companies. Our guides possess both knowledge and personal experience of Yosemite. Our president is actively involved in company operations, especially in the area of group services.
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We go the extra mile: Our Full Day summer tours are over eight hours long and our winter tours are over six hours. Our full day tours include lunch, giving you the maximum amount of time to explore Yosemite. We offer online booking on our secure website for your convenience. The entire Discover Yosemite staff is dedicated to making your visit to Yosemite fun, exciting, entertaining and worry-free for you and your family.

Concern for your Safety and Comfort: Unlike many tour buses ours have seatbelts, reclining seats and armrests. And they’re always clean and inspected regularly. For added safety, all our drivers are CPR certified.

Environmentally Conscious:
We’re doing what we can with everything from state-of-the-art buses to trying to keep the waste from the lunches to a minimum.

We’re kid friendly:
Some tour companies discourage children on the tours. We never do. We’ll do our best to make sure your entire family enjoys the day. Our guides give not only the straight facts but also the fun facts about Yosemite. We provide coloring pages and a scavenger hunt to help keep kids involved.

We are committed to excellence and to giving you the best value for your money. Please view our Cancellation Policy before booking.

About our Founder

deeannBioDee Ann Smith
Founder/President

After growing up in Southern California, I moved to the Yosemite area in 1985. I wanted a better place to raise my kids, and love the fresh, clean air of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and living close to nature.

My background in hospitality began while I was still in high school, working as a waitress in restaurants after school and on weekends. This led to a career in restaurant management and several years as Banquet and Catering Manager at the Pines Resort in Bass Lake, Calif., where I planned and orchestrated meetings, weddings, meals and activities. During that time I had the pleasure of serving hundreds of organizations and found that I truly enjoyed event planning and working with groups.

When I realized there was a need for both group transportation in the area and tours of Yosemite, I decided to found a tour company with my husband at that time. We started with one bus, offering daily tours into Yosemite as well as group services. Our company grew and became more successful for each of the next 13 years. As President of the company, I handled individual and group bookings, scheduling, finances and public relations while my husband gave the tours, dispatched and maintained the buses.

Over the years of owning and operating the tour company I worked with over 400 group and corporate clients on a wide spectrum of services, ranging from group tours and dinner shuttles for small groups to complete off-site tour and transportation services for conference groups of several hundred.

My dedication to Yosemite has led me to a deep involvement in the community having served on the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau Boards of Directors and currently represent Tourism, Attractions, Activities and Transportation for the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau.

Discover Yosemite is the culmination of all of my past endeavors, which would not have been possible without the help and talent of our incredible Guides and Reservation Specialists Jennifer Swartz and Dana Glitch. It is my commitment whether working with one person or a hundred people is to guarantee that your time in Yosemite is effortless and filled with cherished memories.

 

 

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