13 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

13 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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13 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Jenner
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Calistoga
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Montreal, Quebec

3
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 Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Union Square, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary builder website .

Montreal, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Montreal to San Francisco. Traveling from Montreal in August, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
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. Get in touch with nature at Carmel River State Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monterey Bay and Point Lobos. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery by the Sea Carmel.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jenner.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Monterey
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Jenner

Jenner ©
Jenner is a small coastal town and census-designated place (CDP) with a population of about 136 in Sonoma County, California, U.S. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Bodega Highlands, then look for gifts at Fishetarian Fish Market, then take in the dramatic natural features at Bodega Head, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Goat Rock Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's extreme beauty at Salt Point State Park and then admire all the interesting features of Fort Ross State Historic Park.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Jenner trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Jenner takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Carmel in September, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Jenner: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in Jenner

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Bodega Bay
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Salt Point State Park ©
Salt Point State Park
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Goat Rock Beach ©
Goat Rock Beach

3
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery and Big John's Market. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castello di Amorosa and Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Calistoga: Healdsburg (Alexander Valley Vineyards, Wine Tours & Tastings, & more) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and shop like a local with Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Calistoga trip planner .

You can drive from Jenner to Calistoga in 1.5 hours. September in Calistoga sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Healdsburg, St. Helena, Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
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Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Wine Tours & Tastings

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