12 days in San Francisco, Reno & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

12 days in San Francisco, Reno & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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12 days in San Francisco, Reno & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: Stavanger
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Reno
— 1 night
bus:  5​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Stavanger

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, and finally get great views at Twin Peaks.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary planner .

Stavanger, Norway to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Stavanger to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Stavanger in March; daily highs in San Francisco reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Reno.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

1
night
Reno

Reno ©
A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): examine the collection at National Automobile Museum - The Harrah Collection, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Truckee River Walk, and then try your luck at Silver Legacy Resort Casino Reno.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Reno trip planner.

Traveling by combination of subway, flight, and bus from San Francisco to Reno takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in March, things will get little chillier in Reno: highs are around 17°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Reno

Fun & Games Casinos Historic Sites
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National Automobile Museum ©
National Automobile Museum

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.
On the 26th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, trek along Wawona Meadow, and take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Reno to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Reno in March, expect Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 14°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Spend the 31st (Sat) exploring nature at Presidio of San Francisco. Explore San Francisco further: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, tour the pleasant surroundings at Crissy Field, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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