5 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & San Jose Itinerary

5 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & San Jose Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California visit planner

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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 1 night
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online travel route planner.

Phoenix to San Francisco is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Phoenix to San Francisco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Phoenix in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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 3rd (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and finally admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Half Dome.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature

San Jose

— 1 night

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Guadalupe Oak Grove Park and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at The Tech Interactive, then admire the natural beauty at Municipal Rose Garden, then take in the architecture and design of Stanford University, and finally walk around Cuesta Park.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Jose itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Jose takes 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, San Jose is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

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