8 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary

8 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary

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8 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Charlotte

3
nights
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll get in some beach time at Crystal Cove and Newport Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Santa Monica Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside), Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach and go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder site .

Charlotte to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Charlotte in May, plan for slightly colder days in Los Angeles, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, Manhattan Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Lands End. Discover out-of-the-way places like Muir Woods National Monument and Marin Headlands. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Presidio of San Francisco, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and stroll around Lincoln Park.

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Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 69°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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