12 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

12 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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12 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: San Francisco

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Fort Funston National Park and San Gregorio State Beach. Relax by the water at Baker Beach and Pescadero State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa), Half Moon Bay (Poplar Beach & Pescadero State Beach) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, kick back and relax at Sonoma Coast State Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and admire the majestic nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

March in San Francisco sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Half Moon Bay, Modus Operandi Cellars, Wine Tours & Tastings, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Sonoma Coast State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 53°F to lows of 23°F. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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