10 days in San Francisco Bay Area, Yosemite National Park & Santa Cruz Itinerary

10 days in San Francisco Bay Area, Yosemite National Park & Santa Cruz Itinerary

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10 days in San Francisco Bay Area, Yosemite National Park & Santa Cruz Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
2
Santa Clara
— 4 nights
car:  5 h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
car:  3 h
4
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
5
Redwood City
— Few hours
Drive:  45 min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
End: Toronto

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 10th (Sun), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip builder website .

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in November, with highs in San Francisco at 20°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Clara.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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Santa Clara

Santa Clara ©
Santa Clara is a city in Santa Clara County, California. Santa Clara is known for theme parks, museums, historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Computer History Museum, gain insight at Santa Clara University, see the interesting displays at Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, and stroll through Mission Santa Clara de Asis.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santa Clara holiday maker .

Drive from San Francisco to Santa Clara in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Santa Clara sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 14th (Thu), you're off toYosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Clara

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Jose, Mountain View
Highlights from your plan
The Tech Interactive ©
The Tech Interactive
Computer History Museum ©
Computer History Museum
Mission Santa Clara de Asis ©
Mission Santa Clara de Asis

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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.
On the 14th (Thu), get great views at Washburn Point and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Santa Clara to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from Santa Clara in November, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 14°C by day to -8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz vacation site .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle from Yosemite National Park to Santa Cruz in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, you will find days in Santa Cruz are a bit warmer (23°C), and nights are warmer (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Redwood City.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Redwood City

Redwood City ©
Redwood City is a city on the San Francisco Peninsula in Northern California's Bay Area, approximately south of San Francisco, and northwest of San Jose. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the architecture and design of Stanford University.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Redwood City online trip maker .

Drive from Santa Cruz to Redwood City in an hour. In November, daytime highs in Redwood City are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.
Highlights from your plan
Stanford University ©
Stanford University

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): make a trip to Lombard Street, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Redwood City to San Francisco takes an hour. On the 19th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

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