My husband and I are planning a trip to Yosemite National Park and San Francisco the week of September 5th.
Our current plan is as follows:
Sunday, 9/5 - Depart Chicago for San Francisco, get rental car, drive to Yosemite, arrive around 4 pm approximately (overnight Yosemite)
Monday, 9/6 – Full day Yosemite (overnight Yosemite)
Tuesday, 9/7 – Full day Yosemite (overnight Yosemite)
Wednesday, 9/8 – check out of hotel, partial day in Yosemite, drive back to San Fran (overnight San Fran)
Thursday, 9/9 – Full day San Fran (overnight San Fran)
Friday, 9/10 – Full day San Fran (overnight San Fran)
Saturday, 9/11 – fly back to Chicago
Yosemite is our main focus but I've read that 3 or so days in the park is usually plenty. And since we've also never been to San Francisco and are flying in and out of there, we figured that it would be fun to spend a day or two there, as well.
Does that itinerary sound good/feasible? We do have the option to book another night in Yosemite, 9/8 - 9/9, if we should do that.
I know that the national parks are very busy this year, but does anyone have any experience with Yosemite recently? I know they are requiring reservations and also, with us going in September I am hoping that will help the crowds a bit.
Also, any recommended hikes/drives/activities in Yosemite would be appreciated.