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: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Guerneville
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Sacramento
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  9 h 15 min
End: New York City

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Exploratorium and Union Square. Musee Mecanique and USS Pampanito will appeal to museum buffs. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker website .

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in June, with highs in San Francisco at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

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

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take a stroll through Ocean Avenue, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Guerneville.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

1
night
Guerneville

Guerneville ©
Guerneville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): savor the flavors at Trattore Farms and Winery, stroll through Goat Rock Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Guerneville online holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Guerneville takes 3.5 hours. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Guerneville, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Guerneville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Trattore Farms and Winery, Goat Rock Beach
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Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Goat Rock Beach ©
Goat Rock Beach
Trattore Farms and Winery ©
Trattore Farms and Winery

2
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at California State Capitol Museum, admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Governor's Mansion.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Sacramento tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Guerneville to Sacramento by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Guerneville in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Sacramento: highs are around 91°F and lows about 58°F. On the 14th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks
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Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum

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