10 days in San Francisco, San Jose & Monterey Itinerary

10 days in San Francisco, San Jose & Monterey Itinerary

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10 days in San Francisco, San Jose & Monterey Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as California State Railroad Museum and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Museum-lovers will get to explore California Academy of Sciences and Exploratorium. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol) and Old Sacramento Waterfront (in Sacramento). Dedicate the 26th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

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The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to San Francisco. In April in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Tours Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Sacramento, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Patrick Amiot
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California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
You've now added Children's Discovery Museum to your itinerary. On the 27th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Tech Museum of Innovation, then explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Discovery Museum, and then look and learn at Lick Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at West Cliff Drive, then examine the collection at Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, and then find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Jose holiday builder website .

You can drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. In April, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums Childrens Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Lick Observatory
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Lick Observatory ©
Lick Observatory
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Children's Discovery Museum
Children's Discovery Museum

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monterey Bay Aquarium. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dennis the Menace Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at National Steinbeck Center, don't miss a visit to San Carlos Cathedral, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planning site .

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Monterey, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Lovers Point, National Steinbeck Center
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park
National Steinbeck Center ©
National Steinbeck Center

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