7 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

7 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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7 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Chicago

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Castello di Amorosa and Union Square. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and Art Works Downtown. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery in Santa Rosa, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco driving holiday planner .

Chicago to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to San Francisco is minus 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chicago in June: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 71°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa, Art Works Downtown, Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery
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Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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.
On the 14th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, get great views at Valley View, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then trek along Panorama Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, don't miss a visit to Ansel Adams Gallery, then hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and finally take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park route planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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