8 days in San Francisco & Los Angeles Itinerary

8 days in San Francisco & Los Angeles Itinerary

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8 days in San Francisco & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Newark

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to San Gregorio State Beach and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. For shopping fun, head to Oxbow Public Market or Cornerstone Sonoma. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), Pomponio State Beach (in Half Moon Bay) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at Castello di Amorosa, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, enjoy the sand and surf at Limantour Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco journey builder .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Newark in June, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 71°F and 55°F. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Limantour Beach, Oxbow Public Market, Castello di Amorosa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
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Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Bay, and then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Crystal Cove, enjoy the sand and surf at Laguna Beach, and then browse the different shops at Mission Viejo Mall.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 83°F and lows at 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica State Beach, The Shops At Mission Viejo, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Crystal Cove
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Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

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