29 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

29 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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29 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: Belfast
+3
bus + Fly + subway + bus:  17​h
1
Sacramento
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Napa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Guerneville
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Carmel
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  15​h
End: Belfast

5
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Take a break from the city and head to Beals Point and The Darrington Mountain Bike Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento Waterfront. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sacramento: Grass Valley (Empire Mine State Historic Park & Lucchesi Vineyards Tasting Room), Modesto (Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route & Tuolumne River Trail) and US Post Office (in Merced). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at California State Capitol Museum, admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Practical Cycle Folsom, and get curious at Powerhouse Science Center.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sacramento day trip site .

Belfast, UK to Sacramento is an approximately 17-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Belfast in September, you will find days in Sacramento are much hotter (36°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Folsom, Grass Valley, Modesto, US Post Office
Highlights from your plan
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum
Empire Mine State Historic Park ©
Empire Mine State Historic Park
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Balloon Rides and Oxbow Preserve. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and VJB Cellars. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Napa: Calistoga (Castello di Amorosa & Paoletti Vineyards). There's much more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Artesa Vineyards & Winery, do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, savor the flavors at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, and stroll around Sonoma Plaza.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Napa trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Sacramento to Napa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sacramento in September, expect Napa to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Guerneville.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Helena, Sonoma, Calistoga, Robert Mondavi Winery, VJB Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Balloon Rides
Artesa Vineyards & Winery ©
Artesa Vineyards & Winery

5
nights
Guerneville

Guerneville ©
Guerneville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Wine Tours & Tastings. Visiting Safari West and Doran Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Guerneville: Alexander Valley Vineyards (in Healdsburg), Francis Ford Coppola Winery (in Geyserville) and Bodega Bay (Patrick's of Bodega Bay Salt Water Taffy & Bodega Head). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail, learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery, make a trip to James E Potter Elementary School, and hike along Joe Rodota Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Guerneville online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Napa to Guerneville takes 1.5 hours. September in Guerneville sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Guerneville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Bodega Bay, Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Safari West ©
Safari West
Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail ©

6
nights
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. Explore hidden gems such as Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Carmel River State Beach and McAbee Beach. Step out of Carmel with an excursion to Fort Ord National Monument - Badger Hills Trailhead in Salinas--about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Carmel journey maker website .

Getting from Guerneville to Carmel by car takes about 3.5 hours. While traveling from Guerneville, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Fort Ord National Monument - Badger Hills Trailhead
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and San Francisco Bay. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum (in Tiburon) and Stanford University (in Palo Alto). There's lots more to do: stroll through Lands End, make a trip to Coit Tower, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument, Point Reyes Lighthouse, Stanford University
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Lands End ©
Lands End
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

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