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

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

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

Start: Louisville
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Sonoma
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Louisville

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kids will enjoy Point Lobos and Monterey Bay Aquarium. Spend the 22nd (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and learn about winemaking at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary planning site .

Louisville to Monterey is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Louisville to Monterey, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Louisville in June, things will get little chillier in Monterey: highs are around 68°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls. On the next day, make a trip to Olmsted Point, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and then hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip planner .

Drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sonoma.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
Sonoma

Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
On the 25th (Tue), indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the next day, do a tasting at Domaine Carneros, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Francisco Solano, then indulge your taste buds at Sonoma Valley, and finally admire all the interesting features of Sonoma Plaza.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sonoma trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to Sonoma in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sonoma, with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sonoma

Tours Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Domaine Carneros
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza
Mission San Francisco Solano ©
Mission San Francisco Solano

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Exploratorium and Crissy Field make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, admire all the interesting features of Oracle Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

To find photos and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Sonoma to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sonoma in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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