3 days in Santa Cruz, San Francisco & Napa Valley Itinerary

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Santa Cruz
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San Francisco
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St. Helena
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Santa Cruz — 1 day

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Santa Cruz trip maker website.

Seattle to Santa Cruz is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Seattle in August: highs in Santa Cruz hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip website.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to St. Helena.
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St. Helena — 1 night

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then do a tasting at Beringer Vineyards, then do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our St. Helena tour planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to St. Helena in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in St. Helena hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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Napa Valley travel guide

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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.
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