13 days in San Francisco & Los Angeles Itinerary

13 days in San Francisco & Los Angeles Itinerary

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13 days in San Francisco & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Newark

7
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 San Gregorio State Beach and Point Reyes Seashore National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bodega Head, take a stroll through Twin Peaks, take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip builder.

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Newark in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 71°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, V. Sattui Winery, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Bodega Head, Castello di Amorosa
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Santa Monica Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Getty Center Publications and Griffith Observatory are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo), Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano) and Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach). Pack the 13th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at The Grove, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, get engrossed in the history at La Brea Tar Pits, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip generator.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 81°F and 64°F. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Crystal Cove, Camarillo Premium Outlets
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Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

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