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

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

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

Start: Paris
+2
train + bus + Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h
End: Paris

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Bolinas Beach (in Bolinas). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Union Square, make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, and stroll through Limantour Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online holiday planner .

Paris, France to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Limantour Beach, Drakes Beach, Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
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Union Square ©
Union Square
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Point Pinos Lighthouse. Escape the urban bustle at Point Lobos State Reserve and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. When in Monterey, make a side trip to see Capitola City Beach in Capitola, approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: stop by The Cheese Shop, kick back and relax at Lovers Point, hike along Scenic Road Walkway, and play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

For where to stay and tourist information, read Monterey trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Monterey, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Capitola Beach
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Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Capitola Beach ©
Capitola Beach

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.
Bodie State Historic Park and Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lembert Dome and Bodie. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Sonora to see Black Oak Casino about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, stop by Yosemite Museum Gallery, trek along May Lake Trailhead, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

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You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum, Bodie, Black Oak Casino
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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