5 days in San Francisco & Los Angeles Itinerary

5 days in San Francisco & Los Angeles Itinerary

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5 days in San Francisco & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, then stroll through Alcatraz Island, and then wander the streets of Union Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, then engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Francisco tour itinerary planning website .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In March in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

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 9th (Mon): kick back and relax at Newport Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Huntington Dog Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seal Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles vacation planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 14°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Manhattan Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Dog Beach, Seal Beach
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Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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