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: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Step out of the city life by going to Asilomar State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Point Lobos. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & McWay Falls). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach and snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel tour website .

Fort Lauderdale to Carmel is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Carmel, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Carmel is cooler than Fort Lauderdale - with highs of 70°F and lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Marin Headlands and Grace Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Twin Peaks and Filbert Steps. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco route builder website .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

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