51 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

51 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Carmel
— 8 nights
2
Sacramento
— 7 nights
3
Napa
— 9 nights
4
Healdsburg
— 10 nights
5
San Francisco
— 15 nights

8
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. Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe and Carmel Art Association. Venture out of the city with trips to Felton (Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park & Loch Lomond Recreation Area) and Shark Fin Cove (in Davenport). There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary tool.

Bengaluru, India to Carmel is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bengaluru to Carmel is minus 13.5 hours. Traveling from Bengaluru in September, things will get slightly colder in Carmel: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Felton, Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

7
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at California State Railroad Museum and Crocker Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sacramento: Roseville (Carnegie Library Historical Museum, Roseville Utility Exploration Center, &more), Grass Valley (Naggiar Vineyard & Winery, North Star Powerhouse Mining Museum, &more) and Folsom History Museum (in Folsom). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at California State Capitol Museum, try your luck at Cal Expo Horse Racing, do a tasting at The Undergound Tasting Room, and see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento Waterfront.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Sacramento trip planner.

Getting from Carmel to Sacramento by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sacramento: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Roseville, Grass Valley, Jensen Botanical Garden, Folsom History Museum
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum

9
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum and Mumm Napa. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castello di Amorosa and Mission San Francisco Solano. Explore Napa's surroundings by going to Sonoma (Wine Tours & Tastings & MacLaren), St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, &more) and Schramsberg Vineyards (in Calistoga). There's still lots to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, admire the verdant scenery at Sonoma Valley, and look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Napa travel app.

Getting from Sacramento to Napa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sacramento in September, things will get slightly colder in Napa: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

St. Helena, Sonoma, Rutherford, Yountville, Glen Ellen
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Wine Tours & Tastings
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum ©
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum

10
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.
Visit Fort Ross State Historic Park and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Wine Tours & Tastings. Venture out of the city with trips to Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma), Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery (in Santa Rosa) and Calistoga (Huge Bear at The Bank Tasting Room, Sharpsteen Museum, &more). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at VJB Cellars, look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West, and examine the collection at Charles M. Schulz Museum.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Healdsburg road trip planner.

Drive from Napa to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Calistoga, Sebastopol, Geyserville, Guerneville
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
VJB Cellars ©
VJB Cellars

15
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Grace Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muir Woods National Monument and California Academy of Sciences. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Mill Valley to see Mount Tamalpais State Park about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Exploratorium, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, and explore the activities along San Francisco Bay.

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Traveling by car from Healdsburg to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, bus, and subway. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Healdsburg in October: highs in San Francisco hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mill Valley, Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, USS Hornet Museum, Aftel Archive of Curious Scents
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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