9 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

9 days in San Francisco, Yosemite National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  12 h 45 min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park and then get curious at Exploratorium.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major aiports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tioga Pass and Panorama Trail. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, and hike along Nevada Falls Loop.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online visit planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

2
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and Inner Canyon. Bring the kids along to Bright Angel Trail and Yavapai Geology Museum. There's still lots to do: stroll through South Kaibab Trail, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and trek along Hermit Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park road trip website.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 18:
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

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