12 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

12 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Created using Inspirock San Francisco Bay Area journey builder

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

Route & dates

12 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Calistoga
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Seattle

5
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 Twin Peaks will appeal to history buffs. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fort Funston National Park and Marshall’s Beach. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and kick back and relax at China Beach.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online travel route planner .

Seattle to San Francisco is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Seattle in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Popular historic sites such as Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Cannery Row are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Point Lobos and Mission San Juan Bautista. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Monterey are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Calistoga.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Mission San Juan Bautista, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Visiting Safari West and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Charles M. Schulz Museum and Chateau Montelena. Venture out of the city with trips to Lynmar Estate Winery (in Sebastopol) and Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful Geyser of California, and step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Calistoga holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Calistoga takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or fly. When traveling from Monterey in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Calistoga, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Calistoga

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Lynmar Estate Winery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, V. Sattui Winery, Sonoma Coast State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Safari West ©
Safari West
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach

Similar Plans

13 days in San Francisco Bay Area BY A USER FROM FRANCE May, relaxing, romantic, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, relaxing, romantic, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in San Francisco Bay Area BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Napa Valley BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in San Francisco Bay Area, Big Sur & Redwood National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles & Grand Canyon National Park BY A USER FROM MONGOLIA May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Yosemite National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in San Francisco Bay Area BY A USER FROM ITALY September, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in San Francisco Bay Area BY A USER FROM CROATIA April, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 36 days in San Francisco Bay Area BY A USER FROM INDIA June, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in San Francisco Bay Area BY A USER FROM CANADA July, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans