8 days in California Itinerary

8 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California vacation planner

Make it your trip
Drive
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Point Reyes National Seashore
— 2 nights
Drive
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Point Reyes Station
— 1 day
Drive
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Napa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
5
San Francisco
— 1 night

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Point Reyes National Seashore

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): hike along Point Reyes Hiking Trails.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Point Reyes National Seashore online road trip planner.

San Francisco to Point Reyes National Seashore is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: highs in Point Reyes National Seashore hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Point Reyes Station.

Things to do in Point Reyes National Seashore

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Point Reyes Station

— 1 day
Point Reyes Station is a small unincorporated town located in western Marin County, California. Your day by day itinerary now includes Bodega Head as well as Tomales Point Trail. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): hike along Tomales Point Trail and then take in the dramatic natural features at Bodega Head.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Point Reyes Station road trip website.

Point Reyes Station is very close to Point Reyes National Seashore. September in Point Reyes Station sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Napa.

Things to do in Point Reyes Station

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Napa

— 2 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.
Platypus Wine Tours has been added to your itinerary. On the 19th (Sat), awaken your taste buds at Platypus Wine Tours.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Napa trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Point Reyes Station to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Napa, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Big Sur.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 20th (Sun), snap pictures at Rocky Creek Bridge, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, take in the views from Big Creek Bridge, then immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, and finally trek along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Big Sur trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Napa to Big Sur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, train, and taxi. When traveling from Napa in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 22nd (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco visit planning app.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Napa Valley travel guide

4.3
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.