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

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

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

Start: Montreal
Fly:  12​h
1
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Montreal

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 11th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, get a taste of the local shopping with Santana Row, then contemplate the long history of Winchester Mystery House, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Great Mall.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Jose vacation builder .

Montreal, Canada to San Jose is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Montreal to San Jose due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in San Jose, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

The Great Mall
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Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph ©
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Santana Row ©
Santana Row

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Square. Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planning site .

You can drive from San Jose to San Francisco in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. When traveling from San Jose in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nevada Falls Loop and Tuolumne Meadows. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

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 July, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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