21 days in San Francisco Bay Area, Yosemite National Park & New York City Itinerary

21 days in San Francisco Bay Area, Yosemite National Park & New York City Itinerary

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21 days in San Francisco Bay Area, Yosemite National Park & New York City Itinerary

Start: Oslo
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Santa Rosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
5
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Oslo

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muir Woods National Monument and San Pedro Valley Park. Visiting San Francisco Bay and Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Preserve will get you outdoors. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Bolinas Beach in Bolinas--about 42 minutes away. It doesn't end there: admire the striking features of San Francisco Bay Model.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco route maker app .

Oslo, Norway to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Oslo to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Oslo in July since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Preserve, Muir Woods National Monument, Bolinas Beach, San Francisco Bay Model, San Pedro Valley Park
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
San Pedro Valley Park ©
San Pedro Valley Park
Bolinas Beach ©
Bolinas Beach

4
nights
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Get outdoors at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Fort Ross State Historic Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Salt Point State Park and Bodega Head. Explore Santa Rosa's surroundings by going to Drakes Estero (in Inverness), Hagemann Ranch Trout Fishing (in Bodega Bay) and Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Safari West, take in the exciting artwork at Patrick Amiot, and explore the activities along Howarth Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Santa Rosa day trip planning site .

Drive from San Francisco to Santa Rosa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Santa Rosa are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Jenner, Bodega Bay, Drakes Estero, Patrick Amiot, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Fort Ross State Historic Park ©
Fort Ross State Historic Park
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Monterey Bay and Point Lobos. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Cypress Point Golf Club. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, stroll through Breakwater, make a trip to Lovers Point, and take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive.

To find out how to plan a trip to Monterey, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Santa Rosa to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Rosa in July: highs in Monterey hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Pebble Beach, Lovers Point
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Scuba & Snorkeling
Breakwater ©
Breakwater

5
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.
Get outdoors at Bridalveil Fall and Glacier Point. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite Falls and Bodie State Historic Park. Get out of town with these interesting Yosemite National Park side-trips: Lee Vining (Tioga Rd, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, & more). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Tunnel View, hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Monterey in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

3
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bushkill Falls and Catskill Park. Visiting Ponquogue Beach and Sam's Point Preserve will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Wightman Fruit Farm (in Kerhonkson), Dingmans Falls (in Dingmans Ferry) and TWA Flight 800 International Memorial (in Shirley). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Ice Caves and Verkeerderkill Falls Trail Hike and hunt for treasures at Chelsea Market.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to New York City in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Yosemite National Park to New York City. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in New York City, with lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cragsmoor, Wightman Fruit Farm, TWA Flight 800 International Memorial, Ponquogue Beach, Dingmans Falls
Highlights from your plan
Chelsea Market ©
Chelsea Market
Bushkill Falls ©
Bushkill Falls
Dingmans Falls ©
Dingmans Falls

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