9 days in Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

9 days in Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

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9 days in Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  4 h 15 min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
San Francisco
— 6 nights
End: San Francisco

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.
On the 26th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles and then cruise along Tioga Pass.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning site .

San Francisco to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (7°C), and nights are colder (-11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Safari West. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Tomales Bay State Park (in Inverness). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Conservatory of Flowers, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and explore the striking landscape of Point Reyes Seashore National Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Safari West, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Tomales Bay State Park
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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