16 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

16 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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16 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Sonoma
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  21​h
End: Wellington

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 8th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and get a taste of the local shopping with Exploratorium.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planner .

Wellington, New Zealand to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -20 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Wellington in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Sonoma.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
nights
Sonoma

Sonoma ©
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sonoma: St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards & Pride Mountain Vineyards), The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum (in Napa) and B Cellars Vineyards and Winery (in Oakville). Dedicate the 12th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sonoma Coast State Beach, explore and take pictures at Simraceway Performance Driving Center, do a tasting at Benziger Family Winery, and don't miss a visit to Sonoma Barracks.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sonoma trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Sonoma takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Sonoma, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Sonoma

Tours Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Napa, St. Helena, Petaluma Seed Bank, Benziger Family Winery, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Monterey is known for zoos & aquariums, scenic drive, wildlife, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, learn about winemaking at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room, and get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery by the Sea Carmel.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Monterey trip planner.

You can drive from Sonoma to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. While traveling from Sonoma, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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