11 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Los Angeles Itinerary

11 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Los Angeles Itinerary

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11 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Napa to see Wine Tours & Tastings about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Golden Gate Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to San Francisco. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
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.
El Capitan has been added to your itinerary. On the 24th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, trek along Mariposa Grove, then take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Yosemite Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip app .

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 flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles holiday maker tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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