8 days in Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

8 days in Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

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8 days in Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  15​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Chicago

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Glacier Point as well as Half Dome. Get in touch with nature at El Capitan and Merced Grove.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Chicago to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in March, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 23°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've now added Alcatraz Island to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Muir Woods National Monument and Bodega Head. Get a sense of the local culture at Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

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Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 50°F at night. You will leave for home on the 31st (Sat).

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Bodega Head
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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