4 days in California Itinerary

4 days in California Itinerary

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4 days in California Itinerary

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

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Exploratorium and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planning website .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to San Francisco. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
On the 16th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Panorama Trail and then hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning tool .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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