16 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

16 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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16 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Napa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Monterey
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: London

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, walk around Crissy Field, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco holiday maker site .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

3
nights
Healdsburg

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Ross State Historic Park (in Jenner), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Safari West, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery, and make a trip to Patrick Amiot.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg trip itinerary tool .

Drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Healdsburg, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Pech Merle Winery, Patrick Amiot, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Fort Ross State Historic Park
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Safari West ©
Safari West
Fort Ross State Historic Park ©
Fort Ross State Historic Park
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

3
nights
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Get out of town with these interesting Napa side-trips: Jack London State Historic Park (in Glen Ellen) and St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Beringer Vineyards, & more). There's still lots to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, get a taste of the local shopping with Lisa Kristine Gallery Sonoma, don't miss a visit to Sonoma Barracks, and learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Napa holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Napa are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Wineries Parks

Side Trips

St. Helena, Sonoma, Jack London State Historic Park, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. When in Monterey, make a side trip to see Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, make a trip to Bird Rock Vista Point, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and hike along Scenic Road Walkway.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey tour itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Napa to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Napa in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Monterey, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Carmel, Pebble Beach, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

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