12 days in Napa, Monterey & San Francisco Itinerary

12 days in Napa, Monterey & San Francisco Itinerary

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12 days in Napa, Monterey & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  1 h
1
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
San Francisco
— 7 nights
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Napa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Silver Oak Cellars, then learn about winemaking at Caymus Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and finally stop by Oakville Grocery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): do a tasting at Peju Province Winery, then do a tasting at Grgich Hills Estate, then do a tasting at Inglenook, and finally experience rural life at Round Pond Estate.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Napa sightseeing planner.

San Francisco to Napa is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of subway and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Napa, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Rutherford, Oakville
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Silver Oak Cellars ©
Silver Oak Cellars
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Caymus Vineyards ©
Caymus Vineyards

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You've now added Monterey Bay to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, trek along Scenic Road Walkway, and then explore the activities along Monterey Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Monterey online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Napa to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from Napa in October, Monterey is a bit warmer at night with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. For shopping fun, head to Union Square or Ferry Building Marketplace. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek), Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes Station) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). There's much more to do: explore the engaging exhibits at The Exploratorium, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and get a new perspective on nature at California Academy of Sciences.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Limantour Beach, Stinson Beach, Drakes Beach
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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