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

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

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

Start: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Rutherford
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Santa Rosa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Detroit

1
night
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 (Sat), trek along May Lake Trailhead, then explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Detroit to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Detroit to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Detroit in September, expect colder with lows of 38°F in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
May Lake Trailhead ©
May Lake Trailhead
Cloud's Rest ©
Cloud's Rest
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Breakwater, admire the landmark architecture of The Old Monterey Jail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Monterey online route planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 56°F in Monterey. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rutherford.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Big Sur, Pebble Beach Golf Links, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

1
night
Rutherford

Rutherford ©
Rutherford is a census-designated place (CDP) in Napa County, California, United States. On the 18th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa, do a tasting at HALL Rutherford, then do a tasting at Nickel & Nickel, and finally do a tasting at Swanson Vineyards Salon.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rutherford trip builder website .

You can drive from Monterey to Rutherford in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. Traveling from Monterey in September, you will find days in Rutherford are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Rutherford

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Nickel & Nickel
Highlights from your plan
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
HALL Rutherford ©
HALL Rutherford
Nickel & Nickel ©
Nickel & Nickel

1
night
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, identify plant and animal life at Safari West, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Rosa Creek.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Santa Rosa trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rutherford to Santa Rosa in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Safari West ©
Safari West
Santa Rosa Creek ©
Santa Rosa Creek
Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery ©
Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Exploratorium and Union Squarefor some retail therapy. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Pacifica (Rockaway Beach & Pacifica State Beach). There's more to do: get great views at Twin Peaks and visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Santa Rosa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Rosa in September: highs in San Francisco hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Pacifica
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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