28 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

28 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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28 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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

24
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at California State Railroad Museum and Golden Gate Bridge. Visit Bodega Dunes and Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail for some beach relaxation. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing), Healdsburg (Porter Creek Vineyards, Wine Tours & Tastings, & more) and Sacramento (Crocker Art Museum & California State Capitol Museum). Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, and immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

May in San Francisco sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Sacramento, Jenner, Bodega Bay, St. Helena
Highlights from your plan
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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 26th (Tue): trek along Four Mile Trail, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and then hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park route 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. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 1°C. On the 28th (Thu), 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
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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