12 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary

12 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary

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12 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Atlanta

6
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Bay. Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and La Brea Tar Pits & Museum are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim), Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach, appreciate the history behind Guitar Center, admire the landmark architecture of Watts Towers, and kick back and relax at Laguna Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles sightseeing planner

Atlanta to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Atlanta to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Atlanta in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 68°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Disneyland Park, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fort Funston National Park and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Visit Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Miramar Beach (in Half Moon Bay). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Baker Beach, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco visit planner

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Miramar Beach, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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