13 days in St. Helena, San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

13 days in St. Helena, San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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13 days in St. Helena, San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: San Francisco

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): do a tasting at Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves, do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, and then savor the flavors at Castello di Amorosa. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, learn about winemaking at Sapphire Hill Winery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Johnson's Beach.

Before you visit St. Helena, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

San Francisco to St. Helena is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in St. Helena to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Castello di Amorosa, Johnson's Beach, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
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Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Johnson's Beach ©
Johnson's Beach

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Filbert Steps and Grace Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Limantour Beach and Rockaway Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing), Pomponio State Beach (in Half Moon Bay) and Shark Fin Cove (in Davenport). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach, stroll through China Beach, identify plant and animal life at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, and admire the majestic nature at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read San Francisco travel route planner.

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from St. Helena in October, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 56°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pescadero, Pacifica, Sunol Regional Wilderness, Marin Headlands, Limantour Beach
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Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Grace Cathedral ©
Grace Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): make a trip to Olmsted Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and then hike along May Lake Trailhead. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome

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