18 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Los Angeles Itinerary

18 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Los Angeles Itinerary

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18 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 11 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

11
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll get in some beach time at China Beach and Fort Funston National Park. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Pescadero (Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach & Bean Hollow State Beach), St. Helena (Pride Mountain Vineyards & Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rockaway Beach, shop like a local with Union Square, and enjoy the sand and surf at Sonoma Coast State Beach.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco attractions planning website .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In August, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St. Helena, Pescadero, Rockaway Beach, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
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 9th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then trek along Panorama Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Olmsted Point, then trek along Wawona Meadow, and then play a few rounds at Big Trees Golf Course.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park route planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in September, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be warmer, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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