8 days in Monterey, San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

8 days in Monterey, San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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Start: Newark
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  15 h 45 min
End: Newark

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner.

Newark to Monterey is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Monterey is minus 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, thengo for a walk through Lombard Street, thendon't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, and finally stroll around Golden Gate Park. On your second day here, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco day trip website.

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Wineries Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, thenget all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and then walk around Mariposa Grove.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park planning app.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around 28°F, while days are slightly colder, around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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