15 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary

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Los Angeles — 6 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 Two Rodeo Drive or Rodeo Drive. The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Annenberg Community Beach House & Santa Monica Farmers Market) and Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation (in Beverly Hills). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, stop by Edelweiss Chocolates, and don't miss a visit to Montana Avenue.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel 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 difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in September, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for the flight 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.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Point Reyes Safaris. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Paradise Ridge Winery (in Santa Rosa), St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards & VGS Chateau Potelle) and Inglenook (in Rutherford). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and examine the collection at Exploratorium.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.
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