14 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary

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Los Angeles — 5 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology (in Camarillo), Zuma Beach (in Malibu) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, examine the collection at Japanese American National Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning site.

Washington DC to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 69°F and 49°F. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 8 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Mumm Napa and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Head to Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplacefor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Kenwood (VJB Cellars & Ledson Winery & Vineyard), VGS Chateau Potelle (in St. Helena) and Napa (Judd's Hill MicroCrush & Napa Valley Distillery). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of SoMa, shop like a local with City Lights Booksellers, and immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (59°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
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