10 days in San Jose & San Francisco Itinerary

10 days in San Jose & San Francisco Itinerary

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10 days in San Jose & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: San Jose
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San Jose
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
End: San Jose

6
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Filoli and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Point Lobos and Hawthorne Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Pebble Beach Golf Links (in Pebble Beach), Carmel (Carmel Mission, Scenic Road Walkway, & more) and Monterey (Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe & Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail). Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring nature at Pinnacles National Park. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at National Steinbeck Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Jose road trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to San Jose. In April, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Carmel, Monterey, Big Sur, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, National Steinbeck Center
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 27th (Sat), see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, explore the world behind art at Legion of Honor, then take an in-depth tour of Tenderloin Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, then engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Jose to San Francisco takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. While traveling from San Jose, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Legion of Honor ©
Legion of Honor

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