11 days in Washington DC & San Francisco Itinerary

11 days in Washington DC & San Francisco Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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Washington DC

— 3 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Gallery of Art and National Air and Space Museum. Appreciate the collections at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, explore the world behind art at National Portrait Gallery, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC road trip website.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Washington DC. In December, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 7 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Mumm Napa and Patrick Amiot. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Helena (Beringer Vineyards, VGS Chateau Potelle, &more), Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen) and Kunde Family Winery (in Kenwood). There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at Sonoma Canopy Tours, learn about winemaking at Honig Vineyard & Winery, look for all kinds of wild species at Strawberry Hill, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Francisco, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to San Francisco takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco. In December, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips