8 days in San Francisco, Santa Cruz & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

8 days in San Francisco, Santa Cruz & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California visit planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Cruz
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to Pittsburgh

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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then visit Fisherman's Wharf. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Fort Point, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Pittsburgh to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Pittsburgh to San Francisco. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. You will leave for Santa Cruz on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Wilder Ranch State Park and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Cruz day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Nature · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
On the 7th (Tue), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. There's much more to do: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Cruz in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 38°F in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails