15 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

15 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Olympic Valley
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Discover out-of-the-way places like Muir Woods National Monument and Marin Headlands. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach), Stinson Beach (in Stinson Beach) and Half Moon Bay (Mavericks & Gray Whale Cove State Beach). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, kick back and relax at Natural Bridges State Beach, and go for a walk through Shark Fin Cove.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco driving holiday planning website.

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in September, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 76°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pioneer Yosemite History Center and Ansel Adams Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Half Dome. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, explore the landscape on two wheels at Yosemite Valley Biking, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online tour planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Olympic Valley.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Olympic Valley

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Granite Chief, take an in-depth tour of Gatekeeper's Museum, then kick back and relax at Commons Beach Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tahoe City - South/North Trailheads. Here are some ideas for day two: see what you can catch with Matt Heron Fly Fishing, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Truckee River Bike Trail, and then glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Cross Country.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Olympic Valley online trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Olympic Valley. In September in Olympic Valley, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.