29 days in Madrid & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

29 days in Madrid & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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29 days in Madrid & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

Start: Madrid, Spain
1
Madrid, Spain
— 10 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
2
Calistoga, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Carmel, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco, United States
— 8 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Madrid, Spain

10
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Madrid: Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo, Ayuntamiento de Toledo, & more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Prado National Museum, see where the action happens at Stadio Santiago Bernabeu, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Madrid travel tool .

If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major airport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Calistoga.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Tours Parks

Side Trip

Toledo
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

4
nights
Calistoga, United States

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Explore Calistoga's surroundings by going to Sonoma (Mission San Francisco Solano, Sonoma Plaza, & more), Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, & more) and Napa (Wine Tours & Tastings & The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, identify plant and animal life at Safari West, and stop by Woodhouse Chocolate.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Calistoga road trip planning website .

You can fly from Madrid to Calistoga in 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Madrid to Calistoga due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madrid in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 12°C in Calistoga. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Parks Tours

Side Trips

St. Helena, Sonoma, Healdsburg, Napa, Santa Rosa
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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery

4
nights
Carmel, United States

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. Carmel is known for beaches, historic sites, spas, shopping, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Del Mar Beach, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip maker tool .

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 September, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

8
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 26th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and see where the action happens at Oracle Park.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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