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.
We've included these beaches for you: Fort Funston National Park and Sonoma Coast State Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek), Bodega Dunes (in Bodega) and Tall Trees Grove (in Redwood National Park). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Marshall’s Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tall Trees Grove, Muir Woods National Monument, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Paradise Beach Park, Sonoma Coast State Beach
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then stroll through Panorama Trail, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and then stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park itinerary builder 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. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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