9 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Seattle Itinerary

9 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Seattle Itinerary

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9 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Seattle Itinerary

Start: Dothan
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Dothan

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Marshall’s Beach. Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, shop like a local with Union Square, kick back and relax at China Beach, and don't miss a visit to The Embarcadero.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday website .

Dothan to San Francisco is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dothan to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Dothan in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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 6th (Tue): stroll through Asilomar State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carmel day trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. August in Carmel sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 7th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at Inglenook, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, learn about winemaking at Schramsberg Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Benziger Family Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau St. Jean.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our St. Helena trip planning website .

Getting from Carmel to St. Helena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trips

Benziger Family Winery, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Inglenook, Schramsberg Vineyards, Chateau St. Jean
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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 9th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Alki Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally shop like a local with Pike Place Market.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from St. Helena to Seattle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from St. Helena in August since evenings lows in Seattle dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Outdoors Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass

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