9 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Monterey Itinerary

9 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Monterey Itinerary

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9 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Monterey Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  11​h
End: New York City

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden and then don't miss a visit to Lombard Street. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker tool .

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 12th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then stroll through Shark Fin Cove.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Monterey online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Carmel, Shark Fin Cove
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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