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

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

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

Start: Portland
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Sacramento
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  10​h 15​min
End: Portland

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks for their historical value. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at San Gregorio State Beach and Drakes Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, don't miss a visit to The Embarcadero, and stroll through Lincoln Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planning tool .

Portland to San Francisco is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Portland in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 72°F and lows are around 57°F. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Muir Woods National Monument, Limantour Beach, Drakes Beach
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and El Capitan. Escape the urban bustle at Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, hike along Panorama Trail, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and stroll through Wawona Meadow.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel route planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are little chillier (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
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Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

2
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at California State Capitol and Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, then see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Beals Point.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sacramento trip planning website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sacramento in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August; daily highs in Sacramento reach 91°F and lows reach 59°F. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Beals Point
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum
Old Sacramento Waterfront ©
Old Sacramento Waterfront

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