7 days in San Francisco & Seattle Itinerary

7 days in San Francisco & Seattle Itinerary

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San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Alexander Valley Vineyards are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Point Reyes Safaris and Sonoma Coast State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Safari West (in Santa Rosa) and Tule Elk Preserve (in Point Reyes National Seashore). It doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder site.

Washington to San Francisco is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Washington in May, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly to Seattle.
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Seattle — 3 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll through Alki Beach, then have fun and explore at Seattle Children's Museum, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pioneer Square, and then stop by Elliott Bay Book Company.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Seattle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Seattle are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.
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