7 days in East Iowa & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

7 days in East Iowa & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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7 days in East Iowa & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: Cedar Rapids
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Dubuque
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Cedar Rapids

1
night
Dubuque

Dubuque ©
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): examine the collection at National Motorcycle Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis Basilica, and then see the interesting displays at Dyer-Botsford Doll Museum. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Eagle Point Park and then walk around Mines of Spain.

Make your Dubuque itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Cedar Rapids to Dubuque is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In September, daytime highs in Dubuque are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Dyersville, National Motorcycle Museum
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Mines of Spain ©
Mines of Spain
St. Francis Basilica ©
St. Francis Basilica
National Motorcycle Museum ©
National Motorcycle Museum

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos, and then grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey travel planner .

Getting from Dubuque to Monterey by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, subway, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Dubuque to Monterey, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco road trip tool .

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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