10 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary

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Los Angeles
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San Francisco
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Los Angeles — 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Midway Museum and The Getty Center. Venture out of the city with trips to The Getty Villa (in Malibu), San Diego (San Diego Model Railroad Museum & Timken Museum of Art) and Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica). Pack the 20th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Disneyland Park. The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, take a memorable drive along Mulholland Drive, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles tour planner.

Washington to Los Angeles is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Washington in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 69°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can fly to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Exploratorium. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Sharpsteen Museum (in Calistoga) and Mumm Napa (in Rutherford). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and take a stroll through Union Square.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco visit planner.

Fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (59°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.
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