11 days in Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe Area & San Francisco Itinerary

11 days in Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe Area & San Francisco Itinerary

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11 days in Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe Area & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Panorama Trail and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Explore hidden gems such as Vernal Fall and Tunnel View. Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour planning website .

Newark to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from Newark in August since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nevada Beach Campground and Baldwin Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Secret Cove Beach and Kiva Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Lake Tahoe: Incline Village (Tahoe Meadows Whole Access Interpretive Trail, Burnt Cedar Beach, & more). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at El Dorado Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip builder website .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 6.5 hours. In August in South Lake Tahoe, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Incline Village, Nevada Beach Campground
Highlights from your plan
Sand Harbor ©
Sand Harbor
Burnt Cedar Beach ©
Burnt Cedar Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, get curious at Exploratorium, and then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument, then play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour builder app .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 59°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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