11 days in Washington DC & San Francisco Itinerary

11 days in Washington DC & San Francisco Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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Washington DC

— 3 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Gallery of Art and Washington National Cathedral. Appreciate the collections at National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Go for a jaunt from Washington DC to Chantilly to see Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and steep yourself in history at Georgetown University.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC road trip website.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Washington DC. In December, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 7 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Filbert Street Stairs will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Mumm Napa and Patrick Amiot. Venture out of the city with trips to Kunde Family Winery (in Kenwood), Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen) and St. Helena (Beringer Vineyards, VGS Chateau Potelle, &more). There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at Sonoma Canopy Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Richardson Bay Audubon Center, do a tasting at Honig Vineyard & Winery, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Francisco, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to San Francisco takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco. In December, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips