18 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

18 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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18 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 14 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (in St. Helena), Tall Trees Grove (in Redwood National Park) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, admire all the interesting features of AT&T Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online tour planner .

If you are flying in from Italy, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. September in San Francisco sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Tall Trees Grove, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Wine Tours & Tastings
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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 18th (Wed): make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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