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 ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Marshall’s Beach and Fort Funston National Park for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Healdsburg (Gracianna Winery & Jordan Vineyard & Winery), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). Dedicate the 26th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online tour planner .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Healdsburg, St. Helena, Calistoga, Sonoma, Santa Rosa
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Marshall’s Beach ©
Marshall’s Beach
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

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.
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip builder site .

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 October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -2°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

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