9 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Marin County Itinerary

9 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Marin County Itinerary

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Healdsburg
— 1 night
Drive
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Calistoga
— 1 night
Drive
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Tomales
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Taxi
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Carmel
— 4 nights
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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.
On the 13th (Sat), learn about winemaking at C.Donatiello Winery, learn about winemaking at Sapphire Hill Winery, learn about winemaking at The Meeker Vineyard Tasting Room, then do a tasting at Pech Merle Winery, then learn about winemaking at Ramazzotti Wine Tasting, and finally look for gifts at Big John's Market.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg trip maker.

Newark to Healdsburg is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Healdsburg is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Newark, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Healdsburg, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Calistoga.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Shopping

Side Trip

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Calistoga

Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with AERENA Galleries & Gardens, look for gifts at Dean & DeLuca, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, then shop like a local with Ca' Toga Galleria D' Arte, and finally learn about winemaking at Huge Bear at The Bank Tasting Room.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Calistoga trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Calistoga takes an hour. April in Calistoga sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tomales.

Things to do in Calistoga

Shopping · Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Tomales

Tomales is a census-designated place (CDP) on State Route 1 in Marin County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): stroll through Bodega Dunes, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wild Flour Organic Bakery & Gardens, and then stop by Ramini Mozzarella.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tomales trip planner.

Drive from Calistoga to Tomales in an hour. In April, daily temperatures in Tomales can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Tomales

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, then learn about winemaking at A Taste of Monterey-Wine Market & Bistro, then learn about winemaking at Carmel Ridge Winery, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tomales to Monterey takes 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

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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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ocean Avenue and Weston Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Carmel River State Beach and Bird Rock Vista Point. There's still lots to do: stop by The Cheese Shop, learn about winemaking at Caraccioli Cellars, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planning app.

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Monterey. In April, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Carmel

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Sonoma County travel guide

4.8
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · State Parks
Less than an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma County bills itself as the "Number 1 Wine Destination in the U.S." for good reason. Though not as famous as the neighboring Napa Valley, Sonoma County features a rolling landscape dotted with over 250 wineries. The county ranks among the country's most agriculturally productive regions. It turns out not only some of America's finest grapes, but also hops, prunes, and apples. The county manages to cling to its leisurely way of life--which is how the local nickname "Slow-noma" got started (despite the fact that the valley attracts nearly 8 million tourists annually)--and is really more about simple enjoyment than a jam-packed sightseeing itinerary. Napa may be better known, but as the crowds of visitors continue to clog the roads there, Sonoma's appeal as a vacation destination only grows.

Marin County travel guide

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Forests · State Parks · Lookouts
Located just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, the natural beauty of Marin County provides an optimal setting for the oldest cross-country running event in the United States. The area's first European visitors arrived as early as 1579; less than 20 years later, Portuguese explorer Sebastian Cermeno lost his ship while he was exploring the coast. Some of the Spanish influence can still be seen in the city of San Rafael, the county seat. Trails that ribbon through the mountains and along the coast inspired the first mountain bike. Artists have also garnered inspiration from the redwoods, mountains, and shores. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the county's civic center, which attracts thousands of visitors every year.