24 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

24 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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24 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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

20
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Bodega Dunes. Get some cultural insight at Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Pescadero (Bean Hollow State Beach & Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach), Pacifica (Rockaway Beach & Pacifica State Beach) and Bodega Bay (Bodega Head & Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, admire the majestic nature at Fort Ross State Historic Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, and explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco tour planning site .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to San Francisco. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Jenner, Pacifica, Guerneville, Bodega Bay, Pescadero
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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 16th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then stroll through Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): trek along Tuolumne Meadows and then hike along Lembert Dome.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park journey planning website .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are little chillier (43°F). On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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