18 days in San Francisco & Death Valley National Park Itinerary

18 days in San Francisco & Death Valley National Park Itinerary

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18 days in San Francisco & Death Valley National Park Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 14 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

14
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castello di Amorosa and Exploratorium. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and California State Railroad Museum. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Santa Rosa (Charles M. Schulz Museum & Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery), Sacramento (Crocker Art Museum, Old Sacramento, & more) and Bodega Bay (Hagemann Ranch Trout Fishing & Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail). Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary tool .

If you are flying in from Hong Kong, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Calistoga, Jenner, Napa
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, explore the stunning scenery at Titus Canyon, then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, and finally steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon

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