11 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Monterey Itinerary

11 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Monterey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California itinerary planner

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Monterey
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from New York City to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in September since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 58°F. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Half Dome, cruise along Tioga Pass, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park visit planning tool.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. 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 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 12th (Sun), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on Elkhorn Slough Safari, learn the secrets of beer at Monterey Bay Food Tours, and then take a leisurely stroll along Monterey Municipal Wharf 2.

Start your trip to Monterey by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

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