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

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

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

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Cambria

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 46 minutes away). Dedicate the 4th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, make a trip to Lombard Street, and see the interesting displays at Exploratorium.

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If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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 6th (Sat): trek along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally contemplate the long history of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

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Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Monterey, with highs around 24°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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