7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Mill Valley
— 2 nights
Drive
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Calistoga
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Preserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at San Gregorio State Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Shorebird Sanctuary.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco journey builder app.

Nashville to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In October, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Mill Valley.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Mill Valley

— 2 nights
Mill Valley is a city in Marin County, California, United States, located about 14mi north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Educational Tall Ship, then trek along Tennessee Valley Trailhead, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rodeo Beach, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Golden Gate View Point, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, then hike along Dipsea Trail, and finally identify plant and animal life at Steep Ravine Environmental Campground.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mill Valley trip maker.

Drive from San Francisco to Mill Valley in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mill Valley, with lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in Mill Valley

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Calistoga

— 2 nights
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): do a tasting at Reverie II Winery, do a tasting at Moone Tsai Winery, then learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Vincent Arroyo Winery and then learn about winemaking at Bennett Lane Winery.

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Getting from Mill Valley to Calistoga by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Calistoga are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Napa Valley travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.