51 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

51 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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51 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  27​h
1
Carmel
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Sacramento
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Napa
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Healdsburg
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 15 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Bengaluru

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Steinbeck House / Best Cellar Gift Shop and Gallery by the Sea Carmel. Venture out of the city with trips to Shark Fin Cove (in Davenport) and Felton (Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park & Loch Lomond Recreation Area). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Carmel tour builder tool .

Bengaluru, India to Carmel is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Bengaluru to Carmel, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bengaluru in September, things will get slightly colder in Carmel: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can 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 ©

7
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Crocker Art Museum and California State Railroad Museum. Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park. Explore Sacramento's surroundings by going to Grass Valley (Naggiar Vineyard & Winery, North Star Powerhouse Mining Museum, & more), Folsom History Museum (in Folsom) and Roseville (Carnegie Library Historical Museum, Roseville Utility Exploration Center, & more). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at California State Capitol Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, trek along Loch Leven Lakes Trail, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Lower American River.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sacramento online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Sacramento takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and train. Traveling from Carmel in September, expect nights in Sacramento to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Roseville, Grass Valley, Folsom History Museum, Jensen Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Balloon Rides and Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park. Explore hidden gems such as The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum and Robert Mondavi Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Napa: Chateau St. Jean (in Kenwood), St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Pride Mountain Vineyards, & more) and Calistoga (Castello di Amorosa & Schramsberg Vineyards). And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, explore and take pictures at Jack London State Historic Park, view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa, and do a tasting at Goosecross Cellars.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Napa holiday planning 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. In September, Napa is a bit cooler than Sacramento - with highs of 32°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Parks Tours

Side Trips

St. Helena, Sonoma, Rutherford, Yountville, Calistoga
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

10
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.
VJB Cellars and Gracianna Winery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Fort Ross State Historic Park and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Healdsburg: Calistoga (Huge Bear at The Bank Tasting Room, Sharpsteen Museum, & more), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma). The adventure continues: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at Sapphire Hill Winery, see the interesting displays at Charles M. Schulz Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg visit planning app .

You can drive from Napa to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Healdsburg, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Calistoga, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Guerneville, Geyserville
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
VJB Cellars ©
VJB Cellars
Charles M. Schulz Museum ©
Charles M. Schulz Museum

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 Presidio of San Francisco and Twin Peaks. Museum-lovers will appreciate Legion of Honor and Exploratorium. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Mill Valley (Muir Woods National Monument & Mount Tamalpais State Park). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, and expand your understanding of the military at Fort Point.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip website .

Getting from Healdsburg to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Healdsburg in October, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). On the 24th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums

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
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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