10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco
Drive:  3 h
1
Gualala
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Mendocino
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Occidental
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
4
Bodega Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
5
Sonoma
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

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Gualala

Gualala ©
Gualala is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): kick back and relax at Gualala Point Regional Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at B Bryan Preserve.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gualala travel route planner.

San Francisco to Gualala is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Gualala are much warmer (95°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in Gualala

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

B Bryan Preserve
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B Bryan Preserve ©
B Bryan Preserve

2
nights
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Mendocino Coast, stop by Mendocino Jams & Preserves, thenadmire the majestic nature at Point Cabrillo Light Station, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Big River. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Russian Gulch State Park, admire the masterpieces at Mendocino Art Center, and then explore the striking landscape at Mendocino Headlands State Park.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mendocino day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Gualala to Mendocino takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 95°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Occidental.

Things to do in Mendocino

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
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Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Point Cabrillo Light Station ©
Point Cabrillo Light Station
Big River ©
Big River

2
nights
Occidental

Occidental ©
Occidental is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Western Hills Garden, thenimmerse yourself in nature at Fort Ross State Historic Park, and then shop like a local with Graton Gallery. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, thendo a tasting at Dutton Goldfield Winery, thenview the masterpieces at Patrick Amiot, and finally learn about winemaking at Merry Edwards Winery.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Occidental route planner.

You can drive from Mendocino to Occidental in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Mendocino in July, plan for little chillier days in Occidental, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bodega Bay.

Things to do in Occidental

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sebastopol, Fort Ross State Historic Park, Graton Gallery
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Fort Ross State Historic Park ©
Fort Ross State Historic Park
Patrick Amiot ©
Patrick Amiot
Dutton Goldfield Winery ©
Dutton Goldfield Winery

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night
Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay ©
Bodega Bay is a town and census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County, California, United States. On the 6th (Mon), explore the activities along Russian River, enjoy the sand and surf at Bodega Dunes, thenexplore the striking landscape at Bodega Head, and finally learn about winemaking at Sonoma Coast Vineyards.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bodega Bay trip itinerary maker tool.

Bodega Bay is just a stone's throw from Occidental. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sonoma.

Things to do in Bodega Bay

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Russian River, Bodega Dunes
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Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Russian River ©
Russian River
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes

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nights
Sonoma

Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sonoma: Calistoga (Sterling Vineyards & Castello di Amorosa), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and St. Helena (Vine Cliff Winery Tasting Room & V. Sattui Winery). Next up on the itinerary: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, admire the verdant scenery at Sonoma Valley, look for all kinds of wild species at Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve, and learn about winemaking at Schug Carneros Estate Winery.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sonoma journey maker.

Traveling by car from Bodega Bay to Sonoma takes an hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Sonoma

Wineries Parks Tours

Side Trips

Calistoga, St. Helena, Balloon Rides, Muir Woods National Monument, Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Balloon Rides

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