11 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Santa Rosa
— 1 night
— 1 day
— 2 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights


San Francisco — 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at West Cliff Drive and Marin Headlands. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Bay Bridge. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Wharf & Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at de Young Museum, stroll around Presidio of San Francisco, and hike along Lands End.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. In February, daytime highs in San Francisco are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Rosa.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Santa Rosa — 1 night

Where Everything Comes Together

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Sonoma County, walk around Spring Lake Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Howarth Park, then admire the majestic nature at Annadel State Park, and finally view the masterpieces at Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery.

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Drive from San Francisco to Santa Rosa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Francisco in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 40°F in Santa Rosa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Calistoga.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

Calistoga — 1 day

Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful Geyser of California, hike along Oat Hill Mine Trail, and then see the interesting displays at Sharpsteen Museum.

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Getting from Santa Rosa to Calistoga by car takes about an hour. In February in Calistoga, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 40°F at night. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sacramento.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Trails

Sacramento — 2 nights

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
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You can drive from Calistoga to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. February in Sacramento sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Museums · Trails · Wildlife
Side Trip

Yosemite National Park — 3 nights

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Badger Pass Ski Area and Gaylor Lake. Step off the beaten path and head to Half Dome and Nature Center at Happy Isles. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Sacramento to Yosemite National Park. When traveling from Sacramento in February, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 48°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 18°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for home.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Napa Valley travel guide

Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.