7 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

7 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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Carmel
— 1 night
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Merced
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 3 nights

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Carmel

— 1 night
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip maker app.

San Francisco to Carmel is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In May in Carmel, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 51°F at night. You'll set off for Merced on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wineries

Merced

— 1 night
Merced is a city in, and the county seat of, Merced County in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Merced National Wildlife Refuge, then examine the collection at Castle Air Museum, and then explore the activities along Lake Yosemite.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Merced online itinerary planner.

Drive from Carmel to Merced in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Carmel in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Merced: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Merced

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, get great views at Washburn Point, then explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally trek along Mariposa Grove. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

Getting from Merced to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Merced in May: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco

— 3 nights

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 7th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, then stroll around Golden Gate Park, and then get great views at Twin Peaks.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planning tool.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods