41 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

41 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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41 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Sacramento
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Napa
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Healdsburg
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 11 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Monterey
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Dallas

5
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Venture out of the city with trips to Roseville (Roseville Telephone Museum & Carnegie Library Historical Museum), Grass Valley (Bourne Cottage & Empire Mine State Historic Park) and McHenry Mansion (in Modesto). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, get your game on at Enchambered: Sacramento Escape Room, trek along Stevens Trail, and explore and take pictures at Capitol Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sacramento tour itinerary planner .

Dallas to Sacramento is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dallas in August, things will get a bit cooler in Sacramento: highs are around 91°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Napa.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Roseville, Grass Valley, McHenry Mansion, Folsom Prison Museum
Highlights from your plan
Empire Mine State Historic Park ©
Empire Mine State Historic Park
California State Railroad Museum ©
iFLY Sacramento ©
iFLY Sacramento

8
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Napa: St. Helena (Pride Mountain Vineyards, Modus Operandi Cellars, & more), Simraceway Performance Driving Center (in Sonoma) and Schramsberg Vineyards (in Calistoga). There's still lots to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the history at Mission San Francisco Solano, stop by Oxbow Public Market, and learn about winemaking at Inglenook.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Napa visit site .

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. Traveling from Sacramento in August, things will get little chillier in Napa: highs are around 79°F and lows about 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Sonoma, St. Helena, Rutherford, Glen Ellen, Yountville
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery

8
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Healdsburg side-trips: Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma), Fort Ross State Historic Park (in Jenner) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's lots more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery, examine the collection at Charles M. Schulz Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Healdsburg trip maker site .

Drive from Napa to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Healdsburg sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Calistoga, Guerneville, Bohemian Creamery, Sonoma Coast State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Safari West ©
Safari West

11
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Mill Valley to see Muir Woods National Monument about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Healdsburg to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Healdsburg in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

8
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Change things up with a short trip to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: trek along Point Lobos, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and stroll through Scenic Road Walkway.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Monterey travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Monterey, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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