8 days in California & Glacier National Park Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 1 night
Glacier National Park
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus to Fresno, Fly to Guadalajara


San Francisco — 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take a stroll through Chinatown. On your second day here, go for a walk through Lombard Street, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and finally shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace.

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Guadalajara, Mexico to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Guadalajara to San Francisco. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Glacier National Park.
Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Glacier National Park — 1 night

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
On the 14th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, and then explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road.

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Getting from San Francisco to Glacier National Park by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Francisco to Glacier National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Glacier National Park hover around 24°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Napa.
Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Napa — 2 nights

America's Wine Country

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Robert Biale Vineyards, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, then do a tasting at Hagafen Cellars, and finally walk around Sonoma Plaza.

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Traveling by flight from Glacier National Park to Napa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Napa. Traveling from Glacier National Park in September, things will get a bit warmer in Napa: highs are around 32°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Wineries · Tours · Parks
Side Trips

Yosemite National Park — 3 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 17th (Sun), admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, make a trip to Olmsted Point, then explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pioneer Yosemite History Center. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, make a trip to Washburn Point, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Napa to Yosemite National Park. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Napa in September, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 27°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.