17 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

17 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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17 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Bristol
train + Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  13​h
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
+3
bus + shuttle + Fly + train:  19​h 15​min
End: Bristol

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Visiting Twin Peaks and Muir Woods National Monument will get you outdoors. Spend the 5th (Sat) exploring nature at Presidio of San Francisco. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park, and take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planner.

Bristol, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Bristol to San Francisco. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

6
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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Nature Center at Happy Isles will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: hike along May Lake Trailhead, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wawona Meadow, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Gaylor Lake ©
Gaylor Lake

4
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Get in touch with nature at Grand Canyon South Rim and Inner Canyon. On the 15th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: hike along Rim Trail, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, and cruise along East Rim Drive.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. May in Grand Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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