18 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

18 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 14 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights

14
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Safari West. Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Preserve (in Moss Beach). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, take a stroll through SoMa, and see the interesting displays at de Young Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco journey tool.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Travis Air Force Base. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bothe-Napa State Park, Martin Griffin Preserve, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Steep Ravine Environmental Campground, Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Preserve
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
On the 17th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, thenmake a trip to Yosemite Village, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and then trek along Mariposa Grove.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip maker.

Fly from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in May since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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