14 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

14 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
2
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
3
Napa
— 3 nights
4
Sacramento
— 2 nights
5
Carmel
— 2 nights

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Bay. Step off the beaten path and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Walt Disney Family Museum. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Dipsea Trail in Mill Valley, approximately Mill Valley away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, hike along Lands End, get curious at Exploratorium, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to San Francisco. In August, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Mill Valley
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Lands End ©
Lands End
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

3
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Mauritson Wines. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours & Tastings and Sapphire Hill Winery. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Francis Ford Coppola Winery and take an in-depth tour of Sturgeons Mill.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg online visit planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway, bus, and train. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Healdsburg, with highs around 84°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sturgeons Mill, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
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Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Wine Tours & Tastings
Francis Ford Coppola Winery ©
Francis Ford Coppola Winery

3
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castello di Amorosa and VJB Cellars. Get a sense of the local culture at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum and Jarvis Estate. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Napa: Safari West (in Santa Rosa), St. Helena (Modus Operandi Cellars, Benessere Vineyards, &more) and Schramsberg Vineyards (in Calistoga). And it doesn't end there: sample some tasty brews at Ace It Bike Tours, do a tasting at Silver Trident Winery Tasting Home, and steep yourself in history at Jack London State Historic Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Napa travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, daytime highs in Napa are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Helena, Kenwood, Calistoga, Safari West, Jack London State Historic Park
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Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
VJB Cellars ©
VJB Cellars
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum ©
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum

2
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stroll through Lower American River, see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, learn about winemaking at The Undergound Tasting Room, then contemplate the long history of Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park, then get engrossed in the history at Sacramento History Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento Waterfront. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Stevens Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at California State Capitol Museum, explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum, then examine the collection at California Automobile Museum, and finally examine the collection at Roseville Telephone Museum.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Sacramento day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Napa to Sacramento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Napa in September, with highs in Sacramento at 88°F and lows at 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Roseville Telephone Museum
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California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Del Mar Beach, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, kick back and relax at Point Lobos, then stroll around Dennis the Menace Park, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Exodus Escape Room. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and finally do a tasting at Caraccioli Cellars.

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Drive from Sacramento to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Sacramento in September, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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