10 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Get some cultural insight at Battleship USS Iowa Museum and The Broad. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside) and Carlsbad Village (in Carlsbad). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Contemporary Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning website.

Washington to Los Angeles is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Washington in October, with highs in Los Angeles at 82°F and lows at 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Walt Disney Family Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Musee Mecanique. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Healdsburg (Dry Creek Vineyard & Gary Farrell Winery). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and enjoy the sea views from Fort Point.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planning tool.

Fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in October; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car back home.
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