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

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

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

Start: Kansas City
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Kansas City

4
nights
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.
Mono County Museum and Mono Basin Historical Society will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bodie State Historic Park and Mono Lake County Park. Spend the 3rd (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

Kansas City to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In April, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler than Kansas City - with highs of 59°F and lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bridgeport, Lee Vining
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

2
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.
Let the collections at Eastern California Museum and Museum of Western Film History capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as General Sherman Tree and Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery are in your itinerary. Step out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to go to Dunlap and see Project Survival's Cat Haven, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: trek along Big Baldy, take a peaceful walk through Grant Grove, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, and get great views at Buck Rock Lookout.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Independence, Project Survival's Cat Haven, Inyo National Forest, Museum of Western Film History
Highlights from your plan
Project Survival's Cat Haven ©
Project Survival's Cat Haven
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery ©
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery
Eastern California Museum ©
Eastern California Museum

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Exploratorium, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, and browse the exhibits of USS Pampanito.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Francisco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Sacramento
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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