11 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Portland Itinerary

11 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Portland Itinerary

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11 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Portland Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly + subway:  6​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  9​h 45​min
3
Portland
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Saint Louis

3
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 Safari West and Marin Headlands. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castello di Amorosa and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Tomales Bay State Park in Inverness, about 1h 10 min away.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco online journey planner .

Saint Louis to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Saint Louis in May; daily highs in San Francisco reach 68°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Tomales Bay State Park, Safari West, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Castello di Amorosa, Marin Headlands
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Safari West ©
Safari West
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Tomales Bay State Park ©
Tomales Bay State Park

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Step off the beaten path and head to Bridalveil Fall and Olmsted Point. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, stroll through Lembert Dome, hike along Wawona Meadow, and make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park day trip website .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Explore hidden gems such as Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and International Rose Test Garden. Take a break from the city and head to Fort Clatsop National Memorial and Silver Falls State Park. Step out of Portland with an excursion to Oregon Garden in Silverton--about 1h 05 min away. It doesn't end there: stop by Powell's City of Books.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Portland journey planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Portland takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 50°F in Portland. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon Garden, Silver Falls State Park, Fort Clatsop National Memorial
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Silver Falls State Park ©
Silver Falls State Park
Oregon Garden ©
Oregon Garden

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