What's the best driving route from San Francisco to Yosemite?

I grew up in San Francisco and, outside of going to Napa Valley and Oakland, I’ve never really been anywhere else. I thought I’d soak in some of the state’s natural scenery this year on my vacation. What’s the best route from San Francisco to Yosemite?

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Answer provided by
Eric Schad
Answered on May 17, 2022
Experiencing more of the world around you is a great idea! You’re lucky enough to live near places like San Francisco and Yosemite. Here’s the best driving route from San Francisco to Yosemite:
  • Take I-80 East across the Bay Bridge.
  • Take exit 8B to get onto I-580.
  • Merge onto I-205 off I-580.
  • Merge onto I-5 North.
  • Take exit 461 for CA-120 East and follow it all the way to the entrance of Yosemite National Park.
In total, the trip is about 170 miles and should take you approximately 3 to 3.5 hours.
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