8 days in Big Sur & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

8 days in Big Sur & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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8 days in Big Sur & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Calistoga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 26th (Fri), stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally trek along Partington Cove. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and then hike along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip itinerary planner.

New York City to Big Sur is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Big Sur due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in July, with highs in Big Sur at 69°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

2
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, and then admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, then learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Calistoga trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Calistoga takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. While traveling from Big Sur, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Calistoga, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wildlife Parks Wineries

Side Trips

St. Helena, Gracianna Winery, Robert Mondavi Winery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Safari West
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Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Safari West ©
Safari West
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument, and then examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online attractions planner .

Drive from Calistoga to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. When traveling from Calistoga in July, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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