Route & dates
40 days in San Francisco & Plymouth Itinerary
Fly: 7h 15min
San Francisco— 17 nights
Fly + foot + bus: 8h 30min
Plymouth— 21 nights
City by the Bay
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.Visiting China Beach and Alcatraz Island will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio), Napa (Wine Tours & Tastings & The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). Next up on the itinerary: have fun and explore at Exploratorium, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.
To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco attractions website .
Boston to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Boston to San Francisco. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Plymouth.
Things to do in San Francisco
St. Helena, Napa, Marin Headlands, Rodeo Beach, Gray Whale Cove State Beach
Rightly calling itself "America's Hometown," Plymouth holds a prominent place in the nation's history and culture as the site of the first Puritan colony.Heritage Museums & Gardens and Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Nauset Beach and Herring Cove Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plymouth: Eastham (Coast Guard Beach, Captain Penniman House, & more), Yarmouth Port (Edward Gorey House & Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum) and Sandwich (Hoxie House & Sandy Neck Beach). Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, stroll through Chatham Lighthouse Beach, kick back and relax at Salty Brine State Beach, and get curious at Sandwich Glass Museum.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Plymouth trip planner .
Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Plymouth takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In October, Plymouth is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 65°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive back home.
Things to do in Plymouth
Provincetown, Falmouth, Eastham, Sandwich, Chatham
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