11 days in Yosemite National Park & Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Itinerary

11 days in Yosemite National Park & Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Itinerary

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11 days in Yosemite National Park & Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Wawona
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Columbus

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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and Valley View. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, stroll through Panorama Trail, and explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip site .

Columbus to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Columbus in August, expect colder with lows of 43°F in Yosemite National Park. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Wawona.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

3
nights
Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and El Capitan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Olmsted Point and Nevada Falls Loop. There's lots more to do: hike along Four Mile Trail, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome, and take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point.

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Columbus to Wawona is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Columbus to Wawona due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Columbus in August: highs in Wawona hover around 97°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

4
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zumwalt Meadow Trail and Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Escape the urban bustle at Moro Rock and Panoramic Point. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, stroll through Big Trees Trail, and Head underground at Boyden Cavern.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Wawona to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 3.5 hours. August in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 63°F at night. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail

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