60 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

60 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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Monterey
— 7 nights
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San Francisco
— 16 nights
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Point Reyes National Seashore
— 5 nights
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Healdsburg
— 11 nights
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Napa
— 13 nights
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Sacramento
— 7 nights
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Monterey — 7 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Lobos and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Carmel River State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Felton (Loch Lomond Recreation Area & Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, walk around Dennis the Menace Park, make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Monterey travel planning website.

Newark to Monterey is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to Monterey. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Newark in May: highs in Monterey hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 16 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and Legion of Honor. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Stanford University (in Palo Alto), Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve (in Oakland) and Mill Valley (Muir Woods National Monument & Dipsea Trail). Dedicate the 2nd (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: hike along Lands End, examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Point Reyes National Seashore.
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Point Reyes National Seashore — 5 nights

Escape the urban bustle at Point Reyes Safaris and Point Reyes Hiking Trails. Get a sense of the local culture at Point Reyes Lighthouse and Heidrun Meadery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Point Reyes National Seashore: Stinson Beach (Adubon Canyon Ranch & Martin Griffin Preserve).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Point Reyes National Seashore trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from San Francisco to Point Reyes National Seashore in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Point Reyes National Seashore: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Healdsburg.
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Healdsburg — 11 nights

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 in touch with nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Fort Ross State Historic Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Dry Creek Vineyard. Get out of town with these interesting Healdsburg side-trips: Sharpsteen Museum (in Calistoga) and Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Gary Farrell Winery.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Healdsburg tour planner.

Getting from Point Reyes National Seashore to Healdsburg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Healdsburg are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Napa.
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Napa — 13 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Safari West and Bothe-Napa State Park. Explore hidden gems such as Charles M. Schulz Museum and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore Napa's surroundings by going to Calistoga (Schramsberg Vineyards & Castello di Amorosa), Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery (in Santa Rosa) and St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, VGS Chateau Potelle, &more). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at VJB Cellars, take in the history at Mission San Francisco Solano, appreciate the views at Sonoma Valley, and admire the masterpieces at Hess Persson Estates.

Find out how to plan Napa trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Healdsburg to Napa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Healdsburg in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Napa: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sacramento.
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Sacramento — 7 nights

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Get some cultural insight at California State Railroad Museum and Crocker Art Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to California State Capitol Museum and Old Sacramento Waterfront. Get out of town with these interesting Sacramento side-trips: Grass Valley (Empire Mine State Historic Park & Naggiar Vineyard & Winery). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, steep yourself in history at Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park, grab your bike and head to Lower American River, and explore the activities along Lake Natoma.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sacramento road trip planning website.

You can drive from Napa to Sacramento in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Napa in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Sacramento: highs are around 93°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.
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