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

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

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

Start: Boston
flight:  10​h 30​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + bus + taxi:  12​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
End: Boston

5
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Take a break from the city and head to Hayden Valley and Grand Teton. Attractions like Lamar Valley and Grand Loop Road make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, get great views at Observation Point Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park itinerary planner.

Boston to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Yellowstone National Park is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Boston in September, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Grand Teton
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

1
night
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.
You've now added Half Dome to your itinerary. On the 20th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Half Dome, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then hike along Panorama Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, flight, bus, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Half Dome ©
Half Dome

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like China Beach and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve make great kid-friendly stops. You'll get in some beach time at Marshall’s Beach and Fort Funston National Park. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Pacifica to see Rockaway Beach about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands.

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Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 58°F. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Rockaway Beach
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Marshall’s Beach ©
Marshall’s Beach
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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