16 days in San Francisco Bay Area, Yosemite National Park & Mendocino Itinerary

16 days in San Francisco Bay Area, Yosemite National Park & Mendocino Itinerary

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16 days in San Francisco Bay Area, Yosemite National Park & Mendocino Itinerary

Start: Bilbao
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
car:  7​h 30​min
3
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Mendocino
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Napa
— 3 nights
+2
bus + subway + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Bilbao

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip builder .

Bilbao, Spain to San Francisco is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Mariposa Grove, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 66°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

1
night
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 20th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at California State Capitol Museum, see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, and then admire all the interesting features of Capitol Park.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sacramento trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Yosemite National Park to Sacramento in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, expect nights in Sacramento to be much warmer, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Capitol Park ©
Capitol Park

3
nights
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stroll around MacKerricher State Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, then look for gifts at Mendocino Jams & Preserves, and finally take a memorable drive along Mendocino Coast. On your second day here, admire the majestic nature at Point Cabrillo Light Station, then contemplate the long history of Ford House Museum, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mendocino Headlands State Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mendocino trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Sacramento to Mendocino takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mendocino when traveling from Sacramento in October, with lows around 46°F. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Fort Bragg
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Mendocino Headlands State Park ©
Mendocino Headlands State Park

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Ferrari-Carano Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Dry Creek Vineyard, then see the interesting displays at Charles M. Schulz Museum, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Healdsburg road trip app .

Traveling by car from Mendocino to Healdsburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trip

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Charles M. Schulz Museum ©
Charles M. Schulz Museum

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.
Napa is known for wineries, nature, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, admire the verdant scenery at Artesa Vineyards & Winery, and admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Napa online road trip planner .

Drive from Healdsburg to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Robert Mondavi Winery, V. Sattui Winery, Sonoma Plaza
Highlights from your plan
Domaine Carneros ©
Domaine Carneros
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza

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