United States Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

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

Jump to last reply

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!

16 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement: Writers Needed for Morocco Guidebook
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 11, 14 at 05:51 PM
View all United States activity »
  1. 1 9 Day Trip to Yosemite, Oregon and Washington State
  2. 2 Seeking advice from year round Tucson residents
  3. 3 Dining in D.C.
  4. 4 traveling Amtrak cross country
  5. 5 Jersey City Parking
  6. 6 let's do a new Hawaii countdown
  7. 7 Washington DC Metro
  8. 8 Hotels in LA ... I know...how long is a piece of string type question...
  9. 9 AirBnB is illegal in San Francisco,
  10. 10 Best Glacier viewing (by boat) from Seward or Whittier
  11. 11 Trip Report Spring Break in California: San Francisco, Yosemite and up the coast
  12. 12 Little Bighorn Battlefield & Yellowstone
  13. 13 Camping Summer of 2015 Yellowstone? Yosemite? GT?
  14. 14 Las Vegas to Los Angeles via Death Valley
  15. 15 San Diego/Los Angeles Trip with Teens
  16. 16 Alaska cruise and land
  17. 17 Lunch with little girls UWS?
  18. 18 Grand Circle Itinerary Utah
  19. 19 Suggestions for road trip with children from Birmingham, AL to Grand Canyon
  20. 20 Trip Report Sampling Ethnic Las Vegas trip report
  21. 21 NYC taxi vs car service
  22. 22 rain in Kauai
  23. 23 Hotel recommendation for San Francisco
  24. 24 Hotel in Santa Barbara
  25. 25 Antelope Canyon. Tour form Page or just show up there and pick a guide ?
View next 25 » Back to the top