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

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

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

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 18 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
End: Los Angeles

18
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Fort Ross State Historic Park (in Jenner), Safari West (in Santa Rosa) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online vacation builder.

If you are flying in from Denmark, the closest major aiports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in juli, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Fort Ross State Historic Park, Safari West, Sonoma Coast State Beach
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 24th (Fri), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, then cruise along 17-Mile Drive, then stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary app.

Getting from San Francisco to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in juli, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then stroll through Panorama Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip website.

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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