22 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

22 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Created using Inspirock San Francisco Bay Area trip planner

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Napa
— 5 nights
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Sacramento
— 1 night
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Healdsburg
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Monterey
— 4 nights
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Napa

— 5 nights

America's Wine Country

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hess Persson Estates and Charles M. Schulz Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wine Tours & Tastings and Modus Operandi Cellars. Change things up with these side-trips from Napa: St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards & Prager Winery & Port Works), Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Deerfield Ranch Winery (in Kenwood). There's still lots to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, browse the exhibits of Mumm Napa, and stop by Oxbow Public Market.

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

London, UK to Napa is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Napa is minus 8 hours. When traveling from London in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Napa: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 10:

Sacramento

— 1 night

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at California State Capitol Museum, see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, and then stroll through Stevens Trail.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sacramento trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Napa to Sacramento takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Napa in September; daily highs in Sacramento reach 36°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Healdsburg

— 5 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Sonoma Coast State Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wine Tours & Tastings and Gracianna Winery. Step out of Healdsburg to go to Calistoga and see Sharpsteen Museum, which is approximately 36 minutes away. It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Gary Farrell Winery.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sacramento to Healdsburg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sacramento in September, plan for little chillier nights in Healdsburg, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 16:

San Francisco

— 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Squarefor plenty of shopping. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Dedicate the 20th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For maps and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip site.

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Healdsburg, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Tours · Wineries · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 22:

Monterey

— 4 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Relax by the water at Carmel River State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Wrath Tasting Room- Carmel. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey tour builder site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26: