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: Atlanta
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Point Reyes National Seashore
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Atlanta

3
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 Stinson Beach and Fort Point. Get in touch with nature at Miramar Beach and Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Mavericks in Half Moon Bay (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: hike along 1.5-mile Coastal Trail, identify plant and animal life at The Marine Mammal Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and stroll the grounds of Presidio Pet Cemetery.

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Atlanta to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in May, things will get little chillier in San Francisco: highs are around 69°F and lows about 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Point Reyes National Seashore.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Half Moon Bay, The Marine Mammal Center, Stinson Beach
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Miramar Beach ©
Miramar Beach
Stinson Beach ©
Stinson Beach
The Marine Mammal Center ©
The Marine Mammal Center

2
nights
Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore ©
On the 31st (Sun), trek along Point Reyes Hiking Trails, take in the dramatic scenery at Alamere Falls, and then kick back and relax at Limantour Beach. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Tule Elk Preserve, then stroll through Earthquake Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Drakes Beach, and finally enjoy the sea views from Point Reyes Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Point Reyes National Seashore trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Point Reyes National Seashore takes 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Point Reyes National Seashore when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Point Reyes National Seashore

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Drakes Beach, Alamere Falls
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Alamere Falls ©
Alamere Falls
Tule Elk Preserve ©
Tule Elk Preserve
Limantour Beach ©
Limantour Beach

4
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and Asilomar State Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Pfeiffer State Beach and McWay Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (in Big Sur), West Cliff Drive (in Santa Cruz) and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (in Felton). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, browse the exhibits of Carmel Mission, and snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carmel online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Point Reyes National Seashore to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Point Reyes National Seashore in June, you will find days in Carmel are slightly colder (68°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach, West Cliff Drive, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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 5th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead, then explore the activities along Merced River, and finally explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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