10 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

10 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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10 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: San Francisco

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Bodega Dunes. You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma) and San Pedro Valley Park (in Pacifica). There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planning site .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to San Francisco. In May, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, San Pedro Valley Park, Sonoma Coast State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then explore the galleries of Ansel Adams Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and then take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park visit planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
North Dome ©
North Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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