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: Charlotte
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Guerneville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h
End: Charlotte

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Marin Headlands and Musee Mecanique. Get outdoors at Muir Woods National Monument and Twin Peaks. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, learn about all things military at USS Pampanito, and take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online travel planner .

Charlotte to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Charlotte to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charlotte in July, things will get little chillier in San Francisco: highs are around 73°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Guerneville.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

1
night
Guerneville

Guerneville ©
Guerneville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, United States. On the 31st (Wed), learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, then learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery, then do a tasting at Gracianna Winery, and finally admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Guerneville holiday planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Guerneville in 2 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Guerneville: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Guerneville

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Healdsburg
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Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Stephen & Walker Winery ©
Stephen & Walker Winery

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Monterey tour itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Guerneville to Monterey in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Guerneville in July, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 69°F. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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