What is the fastest way to drive to Yosemite from San Francisco?
Highway 120 is the shortest, by about six minutes.
Highway 140, on the other hand, is a little bit longer, but a much more pleasant drive. The drive from Merced to Mariposa has only a gradual rise, with only a few tight corners. From Mariposa into Yosemite, the drive meanders through the Merced River canyon, a beauty in it’s own right, until you enter the park.