12 days in San Francisco & Seattle Itinerary

12 days in San Francisco & Seattle Itinerary

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12 days in San Francisco & Seattle Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Seattle
— 3 nights
End: Seattle

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Petaluma Seed Bank (in Petaluma), Sonoma Plaza (in Sonoma) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, meet the residents at Sea Lion Center, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park.

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

In October, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Jack London State Historic Park, Wine Tours & Tastings, Petaluma Seed Bank, Sonoma Plaza
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Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

3
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take a stroll through Pike Place Market, take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, examine the collection at Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, then take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Smith Tower.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle travel route builder app .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in October, with highs in Seattle at 63°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Parks
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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