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

Make it your trip
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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 Filbert Street Stairs will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muir Woods National Monument and Grace Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take a stroll through Union Square, and visit Nob Hill.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Montreal in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

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 Ocean Avenue. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Monterey Bay. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, 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 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 · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

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. It is located on the Pacific coast near the mouth of the Russian River. 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 · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Calistoga

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

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Calistoga trip planning tool.

Drive from Jenner to Calistoga in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Calistoga can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries · Tours · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips