9 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

9 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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9 days in San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: San Francisco

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Get some cultural insight at Exploratorium and de Young Museum. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Modus Operandi Cellars in St. Helena--about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, examine the collection at USS Pampanito, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

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If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Modus Operandi Cellars
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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 14th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then take in the views from Pohono Bridge, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the next day, make a trip to Olmsted Point, get great views at Tunnel View, and then trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 1°C. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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