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
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Santa Rosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

3
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 Fort Point and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Stinson Beach (in Stinson Beach), Mount Tamalpais State Park (in Mill Valley) and Devil's Slide Trail (in Pacifica). Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround, steep yourself in history at Battery Spencer, and take a stroll through Sacramento Street.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Battery Spencer, Devil's Slide Trail, Stinson Beach
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Aquarium of the Bay ©
Aquarium of the Bay
Mount Tamalpais State Park ©
Mount Tamalpais State Park
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park

2
nights
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): ride a horse along Hood Mountain Regional Park, then appreciate the views at Bennett Valley, and then hike along Santa Rosa Creek. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Children's Museum of Sonoma County, explore the striking landscape at Bodega Highlands, and then stroll through Bodega Dunes.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Rosa trip website .

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Rosa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Santa Rosa are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bodega Highlands, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Hood Mountain Regional Park ©
Hood Mountain Regional Park
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes
Santa Rosa Creek ©
Santa Rosa Creek

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 18th (Thu), appreciate the history behind The Cannery Row Monument, have some family-friendly fun at Monterey Mirror Maze & Lazer Challenge, and then walk around Dennis the Menace Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then view the masterpieces at Hawthorne Gallery, then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Monterey online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Santa Rosa to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. While traveling from Santa Rosa, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Big Sur, Scenic Road Walkway
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Dennis the Menace Park ©
Dennis the Menace Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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