5 days in California Itinerary

5 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner

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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get great views at Twin Peaks. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then stroll through Alcatraz Island.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour planner.

Miami to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Miami in July, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are colder with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 22nd (Mon), engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and then get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder.

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 83°F and lows about 66°F. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Beaches

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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.