16 days in San Francisco, San Rafael & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

16 days in San Francisco, San Rafael & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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16 days in San Francisco, San Rafael & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 10 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
San Rafael
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: San Francisco

10
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Filbert Steps are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Bodega Dunes (in Bodega), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma). And it doesn't end there: get curious at Exploratorium, identify plant and animal life at Safari West, take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday website .

If you are flying in from Mexico, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tall Trees Grove, Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument, Battery Spencer, Bodega Dunes
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
nights
San Rafael

San Rafael ©
Intended as a place of healing, San Rafael has its origins as a mission for the native people who resided in villages nearby.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Marin Headlands, then kick back and relax at Stinson Beach, and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Reyes Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, and then indulge your taste buds at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Rafael trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Rafael takes an hour. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in San Rafael are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are slightly colder (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Rafael

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument, Stinson Beach, Point Reyes Lighthouse, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Point Reyes Lighthouse ©
Point Reyes Lighthouse

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then trek along Panorama Trail.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip website .

Explore your travel options from San Rafael to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Traveling from San Rafael in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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