5 days in San Francisco & Napa Valley Itinerary

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San Francisco
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San Francisco — 1 night

City by the Bay

Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then see a show at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Lombard Street, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and then take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

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Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 42-hour car ride. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Washington in October since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Napa.
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Napa — 2 nights

America's Wine Country

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Sonoma Plaza, then do a tasting at Artesa Vineyards & Winery, then explore the world behind art at Hess Persson Estates, and finally stop by Oxbow Public Market.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Napa in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in November since evenings lows in Napa dip to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car back home.
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Napa Valley travel guide

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.