10 days in California Itinerary

10 days in California Itinerary

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10 days in California Itinerary

Frankfurt
Fly:  15​h
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Drive:  13​h 30​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
Frankfurt

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Take a break from the city and head to China Beach and Twin Peaks. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, look for all kinds of wild species at Alcatraz Island, shop like a local with Union Square, and don't miss a visit to The Embarcadero.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco itinerary maker.

Frankfurt, Germany to San Francisco is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Frankfurt to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Sightseeing Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks

1
day
Yosemite National Park

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, cruise along Tioga Pass, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip generator.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Sightseeing
Highlights from your plan
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan
Tioga Pass

2
days
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 15th (Fri), steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest Museum Trailhead, and then examine the collection at Lone Pine Film History Museums. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Manzanar National Historic Site.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 13.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 38°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Sightseeing

Side Trips

Lone Pine Film History Museums, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest
General Sherman Tree
Lone Pine Film History Museums

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