5 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

5 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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5 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 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.
On the 15th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Exploratorium and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. In November, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): hike along Mariposa Grove, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip app .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in November: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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