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
Drive to Reno Tahoe International Airport, Fly to Manchester

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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.
You'll get in some beach time at Natural Bridges State Beach and Goat Rock Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Half Moon Bay (Mavericks & Gray Whale Cove State Beach), Stinson Beach (in Stinson Beach) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, examine the collection at de Young Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Keller Beach Park, and kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip 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. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in April, with highs in San Francisco at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can 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.
Get some cultural insight at Pioneer Yosemite History Center and Ansel Adams Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Mariposa Grove. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Half Dome, identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -2°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Olympic Valley.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Olympic Valley

— 2 nights
On the 29th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Granite Chief, get engrossed in the history at Gatekeeper's Museum, then kick back and relax at Commons Beach Park, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Tahoe City - South/North Trailheads. Keep things going the next day: see what you can catch with Matt Heron Fly Fishing, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee River Bike Trail, and then ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Cross Country.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Olympic Valley online route maker.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Olympic Valley with the Route module. In April in Olympic Valley, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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Zipline · Ski Areas · 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.