9 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Sonoma County Itinerary

9 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Sonoma County Itinerary

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9 days in San Francisco Bay Area & Sonoma County Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Sonoma
— 7 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Charlotte

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 18th (Sat), learn about all things military at USS Hornet Museum, then visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Francisco, use our trip itinerary maker.

Charlotte to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Charlotte to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in January; daily highs in San Francisco reach 59°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sonoma.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

USS Hornet Museum
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Fort Point ©
Fort Point
Grace Cathedral ©
Grace Cathedral
USS Hornet Museum ©
USS Hornet Museum

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Sonoma

Sonoma ©
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at General M.G. Vallejo Home and HALL Rutherford. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Helena (Prager Winery & Port Works, Tres Sabores Winery, & more), Oakville (Nickel & Nickel & Turnbull Wine Cellars) and Tomales Point Trail (in Point Reyes Station). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at BobDog Winery.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sonoma road trip tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Sonoma by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Sonoma, with lows around 38°F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sonoma

Wineries Trails Parks

Side Trips

St. Helena, Oakville, Napa, Reverie II Winery, Wellington Cellars
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Prager Winery & Port Works ©
Prager Winery & Port Works
BobDog Winery ©
BobDog Winery
HALL Rutherford ©
HALL Rutherford

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