11 days in Yosemite National Park, San Francisco & Big Sur Itinerary

11 days in Yosemite National Park, San Francisco & Big Sur Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Las Vegas
Bus:  7 h 45 min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  7 h
End: Las Vegas

6
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Mariposa Grove, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park attractions planning website.

Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 17.5- hour bus ride. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect Yosemite National Park to be cooler, temps between 65°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and Crissy Field will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, cast your line with a fishing tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco road trip site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 71°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then hike along Partington Cove.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Big Sur trip planning website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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