17 days in Carmel & San Francisco Itinerary

17 days in Carmel & San Francisco Itinerary

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17 days in Carmel & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 14 nights
End: San Francisco

2
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Carmel

Carmel ©
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 23rd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Before you visit Carmel, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

San Francisco to Carmel is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at San Gregorio State Beach and Bolinas Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Petaluma Seed Bank (in Petaluma) and Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore). Dedicate the 8th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Helena, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Petaluma Seed Bank, Wine Country Chocolates, California State Railroad Museum
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Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

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