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.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Presidio of San Francisco. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing), Mori Point (in Pacifica) and Safari West (in Santa Rosa). There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of SoMa, get curious at Exploratorium, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

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If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In May in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Martin Griffin Preserve, Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Preserve, Hagemann Ranch Trout Fishing, St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
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.
On the 17th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then make a trip to Yosemite Village, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Olmsted Point, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and then walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planning tool .

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. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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