Trip to San Francisco and Yosemite Suggestions

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

What types of activities are you like looking for in SF? Nature? Shopping? What kind of food do you like?

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

How early is spring break?  You might not be able to get into Yosemite at all… I went in late March one year and it was open, but let’s face it, you of course know the state has just jumped out of an extreme drought, I’m imagining the snowpack is pretty phenomenal this year and the valley may be underwater when you plan to go.  At the same time I went, King’s Canyon was still closed off for snow (so disappointing!)  Definitely make a contingency plan – Sequoias or Devil’s Postpile or something.

If it is open, I highly recommend you camp at the very first campground instead of in the main park.  Much less crowded, it was so peaceful and we were right on a river, listening to it roar all night. The park itself was utterly packed.  We didn’t do a lot of hiking, it was a quick trip, so I can’t help there.

SF – all I’ve ever done is walk across the Golden Gate.  Totally worth it, but don’t bother wearing a hat and tie your hair up well, lol.

ETA: I keep thinking what a huge trip it is to cram both of those locations in during one week.  What about going to SF and doing Big Sur or the Redwoods in lieu of Yosemite?

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

missdaydreamer :  Are you planning to camp in Yosemite? I’m not sure about this time of year specifically, but generally their sites fill up really fast, so I’m not sure what will be available if you are planning to camp.

There’s so much to do in SF (I live here). For food, I’d recommend not eating in the super touristy areas (Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square) and instead heading elsewhere depending on what type of food you like. Yelp is a great resource in SF. Clement St, Fillmore, Polk St, the Mission – all these areas and more have great food and bars. Golden Gate Park and the Presidio are beautiful for walks (and GGP for museums as well). If you’ve never been to SF before, the hop on/hop off double decker tour bus is actually a really great way to see the city.

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Blushing bee

missdaydreamer :  

In SF, consider taking a walk up to Coit Tower. It’s pretty, there are parakeets in the trees, and it’s quintessential SF. Check out historic Chinatown as well and have a strong drink at the local dive Li Po. 

I second the idea of going to Big Sur instead. Pfeiffer Beach is gorgeous (glittering purple sands!). You could take Highway 1 north towards SF along the ocean for some of the prettiest views in California and also make some fun stops. Carmel and Monterey are pretty and romantic. You could also stop at Half Moon Bay before SF and explore the tide pools at low tide at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

if you haven’t done rt 1 and the coast/ big sur definitely do that first!  I think trying to squeeze in yosemite and san fran is difficult in a week…

the coast is so beautiful and you will have plenty of adventuring type things going on – hiking, going down to the beaches, etc

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