9 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

9 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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9 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Calistoga
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Columbus

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Monterey trip simple and quick.

Columbus to Monterey is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Columbus to Monterey due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Columbus in December, expect Monterey to be a bit warmer, temps between 62°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel, Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar ©
Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar

3
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Step out of the city life by going to Safari West and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Get some cultural insight at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery and Sapphire Hill Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Gracianna Winery (in Healdsburg), Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma) and Siduri Wines (in Santa Rosa). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa, stop by Woodhouse Chocolate, and do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Calistoga vacation planner .

You can drive from Monterey to Calistoga in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Monterey in December since evenings lows in Calistoga dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Calistoga

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Helena, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Rutherford, Sonoma Coast State Beach
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Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Safari West ©
Safari West
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will get you outdoors. Head to Exploratorium and Ferry Building Marketplacefor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, take in the exciting artwork at Xanadu Gallery (V. C. Morris Gift Shop), and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey planner .

Traveling by car from Calistoga to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Calistoga in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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