15 days in Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

15 days in Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

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15 days in Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  4​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 12 nights
End: San Francisco

2
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 3rd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, make a trip to Valley View, then identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Wawona Meadow, then explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

San Francisco to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

12
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and California State Railroad Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Limantour Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Old Sacramento (in Sacramento), Bolinas Beach (in Bolinas) and Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay). The adventure continues: savor the flavors at Castello di Amorosa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and shop like a local with Union Square.

To find photos and other tourist information, read San Francisco tour builder website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sacramento, Guerneville, Safari West, Sunset State Beach, San Gregorio State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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