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

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

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

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip tool .

Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stroll through Alcatraz Island, then take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Exploratorium and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 53°F in San Francisco. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
On the 15th (Fri), do a tasting at Honig Vineyard & Winery, then do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Napa trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Napa, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Honig Vineyard & Winery, Modus Operandi Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Honig Vineyard & Winery ©
Honig Vineyard & Winery

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Hearst Castle has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip app .

Drive from Napa to San Simeon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Napa in May, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 82°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

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