14 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

14 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Created using Inspirock San Francisco Bay Area travel route planner

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Healdsburg
— 3 nights
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Napa
— 3 nights
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Sacramento
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 2 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.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Lands End. 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. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning site.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to San Francisco. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

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Healdsburg

— 3 nights
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 Gary Farrell Winery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wine Tours & Tastings and Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Step out of Healdsburg with an excursion to Sturgeons Mill in Sebastopol--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Healdsburg tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Healdsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Healdsburg: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Napa

— 3 nights

America's Wine Country

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 VJB Cellars and Modus Operandi Cellars. Get a sense of the local culture at Hess Persson Estates and Ace It Bike Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Napa: Safari West (in Santa Rosa), St. Helena (Benessere Vineyards & Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards) and Calistoga (Schramsberg Vineyards & Castello di Amorosa). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Jarvis Estate, learn about winemaking at Silver Trident Winery Tasting Home, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Jack London State Historic Park.

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Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Napa, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sacramento

— 2 nights

River City

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 · Trails

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Carmel

— 2 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. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): stroll through Del Mar Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then walk around Dennis the Menace Park, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Escape Room 831 Wave. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and finally do a tasting at Caraccioli Cellars.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carmel holiday planner.

You can drive from Sacramento to Carmel in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Sacramento in September, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips