10 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

10 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Created using Inspirock San Francisco Bay Area tour builder

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

10 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  9​h
1
Calistoga
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Columbus

3
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Head to Mumm Napa and Woodhouse Chocolatefor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery and Pride Mountain Vineyards. Change things up with these side-trips from Calistoga: Healdsburg (Gracianna Winery, Sapphire Hill Winery, & more), Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West and learn about winemaking at Inglenook.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Calistoga trip itinerary planning tool .

Columbus to Calistoga is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbus to Calistoga is minus 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Columbus in December: high temperatures in Calistoga hover around 60°F and lows are around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Calistoga

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Healdsburg, St. Helena, Rutherford, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Safari West ©
Safari West
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 24th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Del Mar Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Calistoga to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. Traveling from Calistoga in December, Carmel is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island will appeal to history buffs. Do your shopping at Exploratorium and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of The Castro, get to know the fascinating history of The Embarcadero, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. December in San Francisco sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

Similar Plans

13 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, extra slow, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Extra slow 13 days in San Francisco Bay Area BY A USER FROM MEXICO July, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in South Lake Tahoe & San Francisco Bay Area BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, outdoors, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in South Lake Tahoe & San Francisco Bay Area BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, outdoors, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in San Francisco Bay Area BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Seattle, Oregon Coast & San Francisco Bay Area BY A USER FROM CANADA July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in West Coast & Las Vegas BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans