10 days in Yosemite National Park, Carmel & San Francisco Itinerary

10 days in Yosemite National Park, Carmel & San Francisco Itinerary

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10 days in Yosemite National Park, Carmel & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  4 h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
End: San Francisco

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Taft Point, Ansel Adams Gallery, Tunnel View, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Ansel Adams Gallery, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, get great views at Tunnel View, then steep yourself in history at Pioneer Yosemite History Center, and finally hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

San Francisco to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Highlights from your plan
Pioneer Yosemite History Center ©
Pioneer Yosemite History Center
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes 17-Mile Drive. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, shop like a local with Carmel Art Association, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and finally cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel day trip tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sculptured Beach, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, and other attractions. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Cable Car Museum. Visit Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill.

Plan trip to San Francisco with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Sculptured Beach
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Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Grace Cathedral ©
Grace Cathedral

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