31 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Washington DC Itinerary

31 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Washington DC Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Napa
— 2 nights
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Guerneville
— 1 night
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Monterey
— 4 nights
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Washington DC
— 20 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Lands End and Muir Woods National Monument. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walt Disney Family Museum and Presidio of San Francisco. Dedicate the 4th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, and take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Nature

Side Trip

Napa

— 2 nights

America's Wine Country

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.
On the 5th (Wed), learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, and then stroll through Safari West. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Charles M. Schulz Museum, learn about winemaking at Domaine Carneros, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Napa trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Napa: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Guerneville.

Things to do in Napa

Wildlife · Wineries · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Guerneville

— 1 night
Guerneville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, United States. On the 7th (Fri), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Guerneville trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Napa to Guerneville in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Guerneville can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Guerneville

Tours · Wineries · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Monterey

— 4 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Get in touch with nature at Carmel River State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, take in the exciting artwork at Wyland Gallery Carmel, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and make a trip to John Denver Memorial.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monterey holiday planner.

Drive from Guerneville to Monterey in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Guerneville, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Washington DC.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Golf

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 20 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like National Museum of African American History and Culture and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Step out of the city life by going to Antietam National Battlefield and Victorian Carriage Company. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: Annapolis (U.S. Naval Academy & Annapolis Historic District), Manassas National Battlefield Park (in Manassas) and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly). Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring nature at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, visit Capitol Hill, examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Smithsonian Institution Building.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC tour planning website.

Getting from Monterey to Washington DC by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Monterey in August, with highs in Washington DC at 36°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips