5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco

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City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. Museum-lovers will get to explore SS Jeremiah O'Brien and Cable Car Museum. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Moss Landing--about 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marshall’s Beach, kick back and relax at China Beach, and wander the streets of Union Square.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip site.

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In September, San Francisco is a bit cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.