13 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

13 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Created using Inspirock San Francisco Bay Area trip itinerary planner

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jenner
— 2 nights
Drive
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Calistoga
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muir Woods National Monument and Twin Peaks. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Union Square, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and stop by The Embarcadero.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco route maker tool.

Montreal, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Montreal to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Montreal, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Point Lobos and Monterey Bay. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Carmel River State Beach. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Ocean Avenue, view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel day trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jenner.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Jenner

— 2 nights
Jenner is a small coastal town and census-designated place (CDP) with a population of about 136 in Sonoma County, California, U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Bodega Highlands, look for gifts at Fishetarian Fish Market, then take in the dramatic natural features at Bodega Head, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Goat Rock Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Salt Point State Park and then stroll through Fort Ross State Historic Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jenner journey planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Jenner in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Carmel in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Jenner, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in Jenner

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Calistoga

— 3 nights
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castello di Amorosa and V. Sattui Winery. Shop till you drop at Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery and Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Calistoga: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Healdsburg (Big John's Market, Alexander Valley Vineyards, &more) and Sebastopol Center for the Arts (in Sebastopol). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Calistoga attractions app.

Traveling by car from Jenner to Calistoga takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries · Shopping · Tours · Museums

Side Trips