26 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

26 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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26 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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

22
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and Sonoma Coast State Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Exploratorium. Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Stinson Beach (in Stinson Beach). Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Presidio of San Francisco. Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, cast your line with a fishing tour, kick back and relax at China Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel app .

If you are flying in from Switzerland, 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 July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Moss Beach, Pescadero, Pacifica, Bodega Bay, Manresa State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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.
On the 1st (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then trek along Four Mile Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then hike along Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Yosemite Village.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour planner .

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. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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