13 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

13 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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13 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 9 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: San Francisco

9
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Musee Mecanique and de Young Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Safari West (in Santa Rosa), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, examine the collection at San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker site .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cosumnes River Preserve, Safari West, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Museum of Local History, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
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Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and then get engrossed in the history at Bodie State Historic Park.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip builder site .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 1°C. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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