28 days in Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

28 days in Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

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28 days in Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, trek along Panorama Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and then make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online road trip planner .

San Francisco to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

25
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Jenner (Goat Rock Beach & Fort Ross State Historic Park), Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa). Spend the 21st (Tue) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marshall’s Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach.

Before you visit San Francisco, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Jenner, Pescadero, Sonoma, Half Moon Bay, Wine Tours & Tastings
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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