15 days in San Jose, Salt Lake City & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

15 days in San Jose, Salt Lake City & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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15 days in San Jose, Salt Lake City & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  1​h
1
San Jose
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

6
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Attractions like Monterey Bay Aquarium and Carmel River State Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Santa Cruz (Mystery Spot & Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk), 17-Mile Drive (in Monterey) and Pacific Grove (Asilomar State Beach, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, & more). Pack the 7th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at California's Great America. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, explore by horseback at Sycamore Grove Regional Park, and admire the local landmark of Lizzie Fountain.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary website .

San Francisco to San Jose is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Livermore, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

3
nights
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Bring the kids along to Timpanogos Cave National Monument and Tracy Aviary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salt Lake City: Doughnut Falls (in North Salt Lake), River Rafting & Tubing (in Provo) and Roots of Knowledge (in Orem). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Temple Square, relax in the rural setting at Wheeler Historic Farm, take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon, and ponder the world of politics at Utah State Capitol.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Salt Lake City day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from San Jose to Salt Lake City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Jose to Salt Lake City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Jose in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Salt Lake City: highs are around 92°F and lows about 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Roots of Knowledge, Doughnut Falls
Highlights from your plan
Timpanogos Cave National Monument ©
Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Doughnut Falls ©
Doughnut Falls
Wheeler Historic Farm ©
Wheeler Historic Farm

5
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake.

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You can do a combination of flight and car from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Salt Lake City in August, expect Yellowstone National Park to be cooler, temps between 70°F and 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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