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: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Twin Peaks and Golden Gate Bridge. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Marin Headlands and Muir Woods National Monument. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, browse the exhibits of USS Pampanito, and look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

2
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): stroll through Bodega Dunes and then admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, then see the interesting displays at Charles M. Schulz Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg trip planning app .

Getting from San Francisco to Healdsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Healdsburg: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Bodega Dunes, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Safari West ©
Safari West
Charles M. Schulz Museum ©
Charles M. Schulz Museum

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nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. We've included these beaches for you: Pfeiffer State Beach and Point Lobos. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing), Big Sur (McWay Falls & Bixby Bridge) and West Cliff Drive (in Santa Cruz). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Monterey trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Monterey takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Healdsburg in July, you will find days in Monterey are little chillier (69°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Dolphin & Whale Watching, West Cliff Drive, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach