20 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

20 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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20 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 16 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: San Francisco

16
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Let the collections at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing), Sacramento (Crocker Art Museum, Old Sacramento, & more) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, admire nature's extreme beauty at Salt Point State Park, and step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

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. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Salt Point State Park, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): hike along Panorama Trail, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and then hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, get great views at Valley View, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planning website .

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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 3°C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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