15 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary

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Los Angeles — 7 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.
For shopping fun, head to Annenberg Community Beach House or Sugarfina. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Petersen Automotive Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Point Mugu Missile Park (in Port Hueneme), Malibu (Malibu Lagoon State Beach, Zuma Beach, &more) and Santa Monica (Santa Monica Mountains & Third Street Promenade). And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, see the interesting displays at Japanese American National Museum, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online route planner.

Washington DC to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 83°F and lows at 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 7 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Lincoln Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Paradise Ridge Winery (in Santa Rosa), Jordan Vineyard & Winery (in Healdsburg) and Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol). Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, shop like a local with Union Square, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and visit Chinatown.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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