18 days in San Francisco & Santa Monica Itinerary

18 days in San Francisco & Santa Monica Itinerary

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18 days in San Francisco & Santa Monica Itinerary

Start: Santa Monica
bus + Fly:  4​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
2
Santa Monica
— 15 nights
End: Santa Monica

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, then identify plant and animal life at Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online itinerary creator.

Santa Monica to San Francisco is an approximately 4-hour combination of bus, flight, and subway. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Santa Monica in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Francisco, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

15
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.
Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and Greystone Mansion are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Santa Monica Beach and Surfrider Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Monica: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (in Simi Valley), Santa Barbara (Old Mission Santa Barbara, State Street, & more) and Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo). Pack the 14th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Pack the 12th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Knott's Berry Farm. And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Malibu Lagoon State Beach, shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Zuma Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Monica holiday planner.

You can do a combination of subway, flight, and bus from San Francisco to Santa Monica in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santa Monica, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Malibu, Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Crystal Cove
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

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