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: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Santa Rosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 5th (Mon), indulge your thirst for a good beer at Anchor Brewing Company, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Stinson Beach, and finally admire the natural beauty at Golden Gate Park Windmills & Tulips. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): stroll through Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Moon Bay State Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary builder tool .

Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Fort Lauderdale in October, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Half Moon Bay, Stinson Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Stinson Beach ©
Stinson Beach

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 7th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, then appreciate the history behind The Cannery Row Monument, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip maker website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Monterey are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Big Sur, Carmel River State Beach, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
nights
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
On the 9th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Laguna de Santa Rosa, then do a tasting at Carol Shelton Wines, then learn about winemaking at Siduri Wines, and finally head outdoors with Snoopy's Home Ice. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Howarth Park, learn about winemaking at B. Wise Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Deerfield Ranch Winery, then learn about winemaking at Prager Winery & Port Works, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Bennett Valley.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Rosa day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Rosa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Monterey in October, you will find days in Santa Rosa are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are a bit cooler (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Kenwood, Prager Winery & Port Works
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Laguna de Santa Rosa ©
Laguna de Santa Rosa
Deerfield Ranch Winery ©
Deerfield Ranch Winery
Prager Winery & Port Works ©
Prager Winery & Port Works

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take a stroll through Russian Hill and then enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour planner.

Getting from Santa Rosa to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Rosa in October, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 56°F, while days are little chillier, around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Beaches Neighborhoods
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Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach
Russian Hill ©
Russian Hill

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