8 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

8 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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8 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
car:  13 h
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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 24th (Sat): examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, then engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in March, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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 27th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, and make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 54°F to lows of 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

2
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): hike along Bright Angel Trail. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along South Kaibab Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park day trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 22°F. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

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