12 days in Yosemite National Park, San Francisco & Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Itinerary

12 days in Yosemite National Park, San Francisco & Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Itinerary

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12 days in Yosemite National Park, San Francisco & Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Yosemite National Park
1
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  5​h
End: Yosemite National Park

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like May Lake Trailhead and Valley View. Visiting Lower Yosemite Fall Trail and Four Mile Trail will get you outdoors. Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Yosemite National Park. August in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 43°F at night. On the 15th (Thu), you're off toSequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and finally play a few rounds at Lincoln Park. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Lands End, then immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, and then take a stroll through North Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco visit site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

3
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls, then admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and then hike along General Grant Tree Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online itinerary planner .

Fly from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are much warmer (95°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Big Stump Basin ©
Big Stump Basin

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