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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Natural Bridges State Beach and VJB Cellars. Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and Presidio of San Francisco are in your itinerary. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Healdsburg (Sapphire Hill Winery & Wine Tours & Tastings), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Francis Ford Coppola Winery (in Geyserville). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, walk around Crissy Field, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to San Francisco. In December, daytime highs in San Francisco are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Healdsburg, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, California State Railroad Museum, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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 5th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest and then fly down the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

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Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in January, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (44°F), and nights are cooler (13°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rainbow Pool
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Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Valley Chapel ©
Yosemite Valley Chapel
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area

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