12 days in San Francisco, Los Angeles & Santa Monica Itinerary

12 days in San Francisco, Los Angeles & Santa Monica Itinerary

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12 days in San Francisco, Los Angeles & Santa Monica Itinerary

Start: Cordoba
Fly:  20​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Cordoba

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bodega Dunes and Bodega Head. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring nature at Presidio of San Francisco. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planner.

Cordoba, Argentina to San Francisco is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Cordoba to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cordoba in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Bodega Head
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Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at The Grove, stop by Amoeba Music, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then make a trip to Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles vacation builder .

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Grove ©
The Grove

3
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Visiting Santa Monica State Beach and Nicholas Canyon Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Camarillo Premium Outlets and Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts. Step out of Santa Monica with an excursion to El Pescador State Beach in Malibu--about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Montana Avenue, buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and stop by Bergamot Station.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip itinerary planning app .

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Monica, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Beaches Shopping

Side Trips

Malibu, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Two Rodeo Drive, Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets

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