8 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

8 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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8 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: Playa del Carmen
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Calistoga
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  9 h 15 min
End: Playa del Carmen

1
night
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at California State Capitol Museum, then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, then explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Enchambered: Sacramento Escape Room.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sacramento trip planning site.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Sacramento is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Playa del Carmen in April, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Sacramento: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks Fun & Games
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California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum

1
night
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Safari West, learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Calistoga journey tool.

Traveling by car from Sacramento to Calistoga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Calistoga

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

St. Helena, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Safari West ©
Safari West

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Monterey tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Calistoga to Monterey in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or fly. Traveling from Calistoga in April, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 8th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then visit Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Francisco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

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