9 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Paso Robles Itinerary

9 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Paso Robles Itinerary

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9 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Paso Robles Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
San Jose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Santana Row.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Jose online journey builder .

Los Angeles to San Jose is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 59°F in San Jose. You will leave for San Francisco on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in San Jose

Shopping
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Santana Row ©
Santana Row

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 8th (Sun), take a stroll through Union Square, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium and then cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online vacation planner .

You can drive from San Jose to San Francisco in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Jose in September: highs in San Francisco hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Monterey
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hearst Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Elephant Seal Rookery (in San Simeon) and Moonstone Beach (in Cambria).

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. September in Carmel sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Moonstone Beach
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

2
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Paso Robles tour app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Paso Robles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in September: highs in Paso Robles hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries

Side Trip

Jack Creek Celllars
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Jack Creek Celllars ©
Jack Creek Celllars

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