11 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

11 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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11 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Explore hidden gems such as Muir Woods National Monument and California State Railroad Museum. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to VJB Cellars (in Kenwood), Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz) and Mumm Napa (in Rutherford). The adventure continues: get curious at Exploratorium, get great views at Twin Peaks, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and examine the collection at Charles M. Schulz Museum.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to San Francisco. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sacramento, Marin Headlands, The Artery, VJB Cellars, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then get great views at Valley View, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then make a trip to Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park driving holiday planning tool .

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. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 43°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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