14 days in San Francisco & Washington DC Itinerary

14 days in San Francisco & Washington DC Itinerary

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14 days in San Francisco & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h
2
Washington DC
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: San Francisco

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Alcatraz Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and Safari West (in Santa Rosa). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill, and admire the natural beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco travel route planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to San Francisco. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Safari West, Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Preserve, Mori Point
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

5
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
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 in touch with nature at Loch Raven Reservoir and Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary. Visit Gettysburg National Military Park and Arlington National Cemetery for their historical value. Explore Washington DC's surroundings by going to Centennial Park (in Ellicott City), Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary (in Lothian) and Gettysburg National Cemetery (in Gettysburg). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at National Zoological Park, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Washington DC trip planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to Washington DC in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Washington DC. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 87°F and lows are around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Gettysburg, Arlington, Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Loch Raven Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ©
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Washington National Cathedral ©
Washington National Cathedral

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