15 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

15 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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15 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Santa Rosa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Sacramento
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fort Funston National Park and Sculptured Beach. Get outdoors at Presidio of San Francisco and Alcatraz Island. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Point Reyes Lighthouse (in Point Reyes National Seashore). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, explore the different monuments and memorials at Neptune Society Columbarium, get curious at Exploratorium, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planner .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to San Francisco is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from San Juan to San Francisco. Traveling from San Juan in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be much colder, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Point Reyes National Seashore, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and Carmel River State Beach. Get outdoors at Asilomar State Beach and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll around Dennis the Menace Park, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Get a sense of the local culture at VJB Cellars and Robert Mondavi Winery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Rosa: Balloon Rides (in Napa) and Stephen & Walker Winery (in Healdsburg). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West, see the interesting displays at Charles M. Schulz Museum, and learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Santa Rosa using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Rosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Monterey in July, expect nights in Santa Rosa to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Wildlife Parks Wineries

Side Trips

St. Helena, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Stephen & Walker Winery, VJB Cellars, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
VJB Cellars ©
VJB Cellars
Safari West ©
Safari West

2
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 24th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, take in nature's colorful creations at California State Capitol Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, then examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum, and finally do a tasting at The Undergound Tasting Room.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sacramento online holiday planner .

You can drive from Santa Rosa to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Rosa in July, with highs in Sacramento at 39°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum

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