22 days in New Orleans & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

22 days in New Orleans & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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22 days in New Orleans & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  22​h 15​min
1
New Orleans
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Napa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Head to Royal Street and Faulkner House Booksfor plenty of shopping. The National WWII Museum and St. Louis Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in New Orleans, make a side trip to see Whitney Plantation in Wallace, approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, get a taste of the local shopping with Jamie Hayes Gallery, see the interesting displays at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, and don't miss a visit to French Quarter.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans tour itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to New Orleans is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Sydney to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

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 13th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, and finally look for gifts at Andy's Candy Apothecary.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sacramento trip planning tool .

You can fly from New Orleans to Sacramento in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to Sacramento is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in May: highs in Sacramento hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Napa.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
Effie Yeaw Nature Center ©
Effie Yeaw Nature Center

4
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.
Let the collections at Mumm Napa and Lisa Kristine Gallery Sonoma capture your imagination. For shopping fun, head to Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery or Oxbow Public Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Napa: St. Helena (Modus Operandi Cellars, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, & more), Glen Ellen (Benziger Family Winery & Wellington Cellars) and Schramsberg Vineyards (in Calistoga). The adventure continues: do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, savor the flavors at Sonoma Valley, get a taste of life in the country at Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate, and admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum.

To find photos and more tourist information, you can read our Napa trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Sacramento to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sacramento in May: high temperatures in Napa hover around 27°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

St. Helena, Glen Ellen, Sonoma, Oakville, Rutherford
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

3
nights
Healdsburg

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.
Visiting Safari West and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Sapphire Hill Winery and Jordan Vineyard & Winery. Go for a jaunt from Healdsburg to Sonoma to see Sonoma Coast State Beach about 38 minutes away. It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Gracianna Winery and take in the exciting artwork at Patrick Amiot.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg planning website .

Drive from Napa to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Healdsburg can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Patrick Amiot, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Safari West, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Safari West ©
Safari West
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then go for a walk through The Pilgrim's Way Community Bookstore and Secret Garden, and finally view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carmel travel route planner .

You can drive from Healdsburg to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Healdsburg in May, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are little chillier, around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, get interesting insight from Tours, and explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum.

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Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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