Driving Distance From San Francisco to National Parks

Plan your California road trip to enjoy National Parks from the Bay Area

Golden Gate Aerial, Highway 101

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California has a wealth of National Parks with every kind of terrain. From lush forests of giant trees to stark deserts, snowcapped volcanoes, seashores, and historic sites. When you plan your road trip from San Francisco, keep in mind just how large California is and how long it's going to take you.

Driving Times and Distance From San Francisco

Driving distances and approximate drive time are from San Francisco, California to selected US National Parks.



From San Francisco
Drive Time From San FranciscoNotes
Cabrillo National Monument, California506 miles8 hoursLocated in San Diego, on the southern California coast.
Channel Islands National Park, California357 miles6 hoursOffshore from Ventura, in southern California.
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon419 miles7.5 hoursIn southern Oregon.
Death Valley National Park, California524 miles9 hoursIn southeastern California, near the Nevada border. This is the lowest elevation in the United States.
Devils Postpile National Monument, California282 miles5.5 hoursIn central California, near Mammoth Lakes.
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, California31 miles45 minutesLocated in the Bay area, off I-680.
Fort Point National Historic Site, California5 miles15 minutesThis Civil War fortress is in San Francisco at the Presidio, under the Golden Gate Bridge.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CaliforniaVarious locations in and around San Francisco.
John Muir National Historic Site, California33 miles45 minutesNear Martinez, in the Bay area. Not to be confused with Muir Woods, which is west across the Bay.
Joshua Tree National Park, California523 miles8.5 hoursIn southern California.
Kings Canyon National Park, California246 miles4.5 hoursIn the Sierra Mountains of central California, east of Fresno. It is close to Sequoia National Park and south of Yosemite National Park.
Lassen Volcanic National Park, California243 miles4 - 4.5 hoursIn northern California, east of Redding.
Lava Beds National Monument, California375 miles6.5 hoursIn northern California, near the Oregon border, south of Klamath Falls and Crater Lake National Park.
Manzanar National Historic Site, California359 miles6.5 - 7 hoursWorld War II internment camp for Japanese-Americans, in central California between the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Death Valley National Park.
Mojave National Preserve, California416 miles6.5 hoursDesert in southern California, south of Death Valley National Park and Las Vegas. Bounded by I-15 and I-40.
Muir Woods National Monument, California17 miles30 minutesLocated north of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge, in Mill Valley.
Pinnacles National Monument, California127 miles2.5 hoursIn central California, off Hwy. 101 south of Salinas. 
Point Reyes National Seashore, California37 miles1 hourNorth of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Redwood National & State Parks, California314 miles5.5 hoursBig trees on the northern coast of California, off Hwy. 101. Not to be confused with Sequoia National Park, which is much further south and east.
Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, California18 miles30 minutesIn the Bay area, at Richmond.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, CaliforniaIn San Francisco.
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area394 miles6 hoursIn southern California, near Malibu and Santa Monica. The park has 500 miles of trails.
Sequoia National Park, California279 miles5 hoursGigantic trees in the Sierra Mountains in central California, east of Fresno. It is close to Kings Canyon National Park.
Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, California226 miles3.5 - 4 hoursIn northern California, off I-5 near Redding.
Yosemite National Park, California195 miles4-5 hoursAn iconic national park in the Sierra Mountains of central California, east of San Francisco.