10 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Gilroy Itinerary

10 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Gilroy Itinerary

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10 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Gilroy Itinerary

Start: Gilroy
Drive:  2​h
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
— 6 nights
End: Gilroy

San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 24th (Sat), take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and finally take a stroll through Chinatown. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): wander the streets of The Castro, then get great views at Twin Peaks, then wander the streets of SoMa, and finally take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online route planner .

Gilroy to San Francisco is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Gilroy in March, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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 26th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip builder website .

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 March, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 14°C by day to -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Gilroy.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan


Gilroy ©
Gilroy is a city located in Northern California's Santa Clara County. Get in touch with nature at Asilomar State Beach and Lovers Point. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Mission San Juan Bautista. Get out of town with these interesting Gilroy side-trips: Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more), Pebble Beach Golf Links (in Pebble Beach) and Pacific Grove (Point Pinos Lighthouse & Lovers Point Park). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, revel in the low prices at Gilroy Premium Outlets, immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and make a trip to Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Gilroy road trip planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Gilroy in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, you will find days in Gilroy are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are much warmer (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gilroy

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Felton, Pebble Beach Golf Links, National Steinbeck Center
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park