15 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary

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Los Angeles — 8 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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Shop till you drop at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hammer Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Malibu (Nicholas Canyon Beach & El Pescador State Beach). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take in the exciting artwork at Annenberg Space for Photography, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

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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 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Lovely Martha Sportfishing. Let the collections at de Young Museum and Legion of Honor capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Guerneville (Korbel Champagne Cellars & Armstrong Redwood State Reserve) and Breathless Sparkling Wines (in Healdsburg). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and stop by City Lights Booksellers.

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Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, San Francisco is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.
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