15 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Palm Springs Itinerary

15 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Palm Springs Itinerary

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15 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Palm Springs Itinerary

Start: Palm Springs
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
1
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Calistoga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Palm Springs
— 4 nights
End: Palm Springs

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Monterey online route planner .

Palm Springs to Monterey is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Palm Springs in June; daily highs in Monterey reach 68°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

1
night
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): browse the exhibits of California State Capitol Museum, then explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum, and then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sacramento trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Sacramento takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in June: highs in Sacramento hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Calistoga.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks
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California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum

2
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
On the 20th (Thu), do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, and then admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. On the next day, do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, then do a tasting at Beringer Vineyards, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West.

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Traveling by car from Sacramento to Calistoga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, Calistoga is a bit cooler than Sacramento - with highs of 83°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Calistoga

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

St. Helena, Safari West, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Robert Mondavi Winery
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Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Safari West ©
Safari West
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Legion of Honor and Cable Car Museum. Get some cultural insight at Twin Peaks and Fisherman's Wharf. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and wander the streets of Chinatown.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip maker .

Getting from Calistoga to San Francisco by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Traveling from Calistoga in June, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (71°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

4
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Visit Indian Canyons and Sunnylands Center & Gardens for their historical value. You'll explore and learn at Palm Springs Air Museum and Mission San Juan Capistrano. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palm Springs: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (in Borrego Springs). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Theresa Church, tour the pleasant surroundings at Palm Springs Museum Trail, and don't miss a visit to Frey House II.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Palm Springs trip planner .

Fly from San Francisco to Palm Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Palm Springs: temperatures range from 106°F by day to 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Sunnylands Center & Gardens
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Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons

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