11 days in Houston & San Francisco Itinerary

11 days in Houston & San Francisco Itinerary

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11 days in Houston & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: College Station
Drive:  2​h
1
Houston
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  11​h 15​min
End: College Station

6
nights
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Step out of the city life by going to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and Water Wall. Head to Potter Country Store and Phoenicia Specialty Foodsfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Brazosport Museum-Natural Science (in Clute), Matagorda County Museum (in Bay City) and Schulenburg (St. Mary's Church High Hill & Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, get engrossed in the history at Star of the Republic Museum, engage your brain at Houston Museum of Natural Science, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Houston vacation planner.

College Station to Houston is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Traveling from College Station in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Houston, with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Schulenburg, College Station, Burton Cotton Gin and Museum, Brazosport Museum of Natural Science, Star of the Republic Museum
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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ©
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Castello di Amorosa and Alcatraz Island are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate California Academy of Sciences and Cable Car Museum. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Bodega Head in Bodega Bay--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Houston to San Francisco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Houston to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 58°F and lows reach 45°F. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Head
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Musee Mecanique ©
Musee Mecanique
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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