12 days in San Francisco & Seattle Itinerary

12 days in San Francisco & Seattle Itinerary

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12 days in San Francisco & Seattle Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Seattle
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, and wander the streets of SoMa.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip tool .

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Tours Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

5
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Venture out of the city with trips to 5 Mile Drive & Trails (in Tacoma) and Mount Ellinor (in Olympic National Park). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellevue Botanical Garden, and wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip planner .

Fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in October, things will get a bit cooler in Seattle: highs are around 63°F and lows about 50°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

5 Mile Drive & Trails, Mount Ellinor, Bellevue Botanical Garden
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 23:
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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle

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