9 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

9 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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9 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: Charlottesville
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Charlottesville

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planning site .

Charlottesville to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Charlottesville in June: highs in Los Angeles hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 26th (Wed), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Union Square, take a stroll through SoMa, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online route planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 71°F and lows about 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 28th (Fri), awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Inglenook, learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Helena trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in St. Helena, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Inglenook, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Wine Tours & Tastings
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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then learn about winemaking at Dry Creek Vineyard, and then learn about winemaking at Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Healdsburg trip planning website .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to Healdsburg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Francis Ford Coppola Winery
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Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Dry Creek Vineyard ©
Dry Creek Vineyard
Wine Tours & Tastings

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