13 days in Yosemite National Park, San Francisco & Hawaii Itinerary

13 days in Yosemite National Park, San Francisco & Hawaii Itinerary

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Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Volcano, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
Fly

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Yosemite National Park — 3 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.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, and grab your bike and head to Yosemite Valley Biking.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Richmond to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Richmond to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Richmond in December, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (46°F), and nights are much colder (14°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, go for a walk through Lombard Street, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco vacation planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (59°F), and nights are warmer (45°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Honolulu.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Honolulu, Oahu — 2 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of USS Arizona Memorial, explore and take pictures at Diamond Head State Monument, and then explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): stroll through Waikiki Beach and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Honolulu online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Honolulu takes 7 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. In December, Honolulu is much warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly to Volcano.
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Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
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Volcano, Island of Hawaii — 2 nights

Those who named Volcano opted for simplicity in choosing a title, taking the nearby fire-spewing Kilauea as a source of inspiration.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Hilo Farmers Market, take in nature's colorful creations at Liliuokalani Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, then hike along Sulphur Banks, and finally hike along Kilauea Iki Trailhead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Devastation Trail, then stroll through Kipuka Puaulu (Bird Park) Trail, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Volcano tour itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Honolulu to Volcano in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lahaina.
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Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife
Side Trips
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Lahaina, Maui — 2 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): meet the residents at Maui Ocean Center, then get engrossed in the history at Baldwin Home Museum, then stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lahaina holiday maker site.

You can fly from Volcano to Lahaina in 2.5 hours. In December in Lahaina, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Outdoors
Side Trip
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Hawaii travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.
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