11 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

11 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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11 days in San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Calistoga
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Tours Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Calistoga: Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa) and Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, & more). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, examine the collection at Charles M. Schulz Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Calistoga day trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Calistoga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Calistoga are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Calistoga

Parks Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Wine Tours & Tastings, Sonoma Coast State Beach
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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Stephen & Walker Winery ©
Stephen & Walker Winery

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Calistoga to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. When traveling from Calistoga in July, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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