13 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

13 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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13 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: Louisville
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Louisville

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Point Lobos and 17-Mile Drive. Get some historical perspective at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Cannery Row. Spend the 22nd (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium and steep yourself in history at Perry House.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Monterey trip planner.

Louisville to Monterey is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Louisville in June, with highs in Monterey at 68°F and lows at 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then stroll through Panorama Trail. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. Visit Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Bodega Dunes (in Bodega), Stinson Beach (in Stinson Beach) and Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach, and stroll through China Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online holiday planner .

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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (71°F), and nights are a bit warmer (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Stinson Beach, Bodega Dunes, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Paradise Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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