6 days in San Francisco & Carmel Itinerary

6 days in San Francisco & Carmel Itinerary

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6 days in San Francisco & Carmel Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lombard Street, Muir Woods National Monument and Golden Gate Bridge. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bodega Head and Sonoma Coast State Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through Union Square, and make a trip to Ghirardelli Square.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to San Francisco. In March, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Sonoma Coast State Beach, Bodega Head, Muir Woods National Monument
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

2
nights
Carmel

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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Scheid Vineyards. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): kick back and relax at Lovers Point, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then learn about winemaking at Scheid Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Scenic Road Walkway and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carmel route planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April in Carmel, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lovers Point
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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