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

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

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

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Monterey
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

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San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco sightseeing planner.

Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be cooler, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. On the 30th (Sun), you'll travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Wineries

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at El Capitan and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite Falls and Ansel Adams Gallery. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, make a trip to Olmsted Point, explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, and take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park visit site .

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 and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Visiting Presidio of San Francisco and Lands End will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Crocker Art Museum and Walt Disney Family Museum. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: VJB Cellars (in Kenwood), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Stinson Beach (in Stinson Beach). See even more of San Francisco: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, and visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Sacramento, Stinson Beach, Muir Woods National Monument, VJB Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco

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day
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): stop by AiX, then cruise along 17-Mile Drive, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally kick back and relax at Lovers Point.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey visit planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers

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