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Planning A Week's Trip to SF + Surrounding Areas--Yosemite Too Much?

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My husband and I are in the beginning stages of planning a weeklong trip in mid-July to San Francisco with our two kids, ages 11 and 10.

We would like to spend a couple days in the city, maybe go up to Muir Woods and then head down to Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur.

My husband and I have both spent considerable time in SF and up in Sonoma County. I spent a summer in Monterey 20 years ago but he has never been south of SF. Neither of us have seen any part of Yosemite. Is it too ambitious to try to do a fly-by one nighter there mid week (though I dread the crowds in July)? Is it worth it to do Yosemite over Big Sur?

We live in Pennyslvania an hour north of Philly and have a weekend home in St. Michaels, MD. So we and our kids are used to doing a 3-4 hour car trip each way on a weekend which means traveling 4 hours to get to the park isn't that big of a deterrent. We also tend to pack in the activities when we travel and don't need a lot of time to lounge or meander around.

I know someone who lives in Redwood City and they said a day trip to Yosemite hitting the highlights is definitely doable. I just don't know if we should save the park for a time when we have more time to spend there or can go in a less crowded time period.

Any thoughts would be great appreciated! Thanks!

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