29 days in Madrid & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

29 days in Madrid & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo, Ayuntamiento de Toledo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, see where the action happens at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, contemplate the long history of Plaza Mayor, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid online attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major aiport is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Calistoga.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Toledo
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Food Tours
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 Napa (Wine Tours & Tastings & The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum), Sonoma (Mission San Francisco Solano, Sonoma Plaza, &more) and Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, &more). 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 16 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, 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, Santa Rosa, Napa
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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, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, stroll through Del Mar Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Breakwater.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary builder 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. Traveling from Calistoga in September, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can 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
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Francisco vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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