12 days in San Francisco, San Jose & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

12 days in San Francisco, San Jose & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 1 night
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San Jose
— 5 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport

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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): see a show at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, then immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, and then trek along Lands End. Keep things going the next day: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Francisco vacation builder app.

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 73°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Trails

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San Jose

— 5 nights

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Visit Asilomar State Beach and Natural Bridges State Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Point Pinos Lighthouse and San Carlos Cathedral. Explore San Jose's surroundings by going to Carmel River State Beach (in Carmel), Monterey Bay (in Monterey) and Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk & West Cliff Drive). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Santa Clara de Asis and take an unorthodox tour of Winchester Mystery House.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read San Jose journey planning site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in San Jose hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Sentinel Dome and Olmsted Point. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Bridgeport to see Bodie State Historic Park about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Jose in August, expect little chillier with lows of 43°F in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip