10 days in Sonoma County & San Francisco Itinerary

10 days in Sonoma County & San Francisco Itinerary

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10 days in Sonoma County & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  6​h
1
Santa Rosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Occidental
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Denver

3
nights
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castello di Amorosa and V. Sattui Winery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safari West and Vincent Arroyo Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Rosa: Healdsburg (Sapphire Hill Winery, Seghesio Family Vineyards, & more) and St. Helena (Del Dotto Estate Winery & Caves, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, & more). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, sample the fine beverages at Spirit Works Distillery, and learn about winemaking at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Rosa trip itinerary planner.

Denver to Santa Rosa is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Denver to Santa Rosa due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Santa Rosa are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Occidental.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Helena, Healdsburg, Calistoga, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens, Spirit Works Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Safari West ©
Safari West
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Vincent Arroyo Winery ©
Vincent Arroyo Winery

2
nights
Occidental

Occidental ©
Occidental is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County, California, United States. On the 21st (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Sturgeons Mill, then take in the exciting artwork at Patrick Amiot, then look for gifts at Ramini Mozzarella, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bodega Dunes. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Lynmar Estate Winery, then learn about winemaking at Fog Crest Vineyard, then explore the striking landscape at Bodega Highlands, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Ross State Historic Park.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Occidental trip planner .

Occidental is just a stone's throw from Santa Rosa. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Occidental

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sebastopol, Jenner, Bodega Dunes, Ramini Mozzarella
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes
Fort Ross State Historic Park ©
Fort Ross State Historic Park
Sturgeons Mill ©
Sturgeons Mill

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Union Square and City Lights Booksellers. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. There's lots more to do: engage your brain at Exploratorium, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, learn about all things military at USS Pampanito, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning website .

Drive from Occidental to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Occidental in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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