5 days in Oakland, San Francisco & Santa Monica Itinerary

5 days in Oakland, San Francisco & Santa Monica Itinerary

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Oakland
— 1 day
2
San Francisco
— 1 night
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights

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Oakland

Oakland ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): examine the collection at USS Hornet Museum, examine the collection at Oakland Museum of California, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountain View Cemetery, and finally shop like a local with Monterey Market.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Oakland online visit planner.

Santa Monica to Oakland is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of tram and bus. May in Oakland sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Oakland

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

USS Hornet Museum, Monterey Market
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USS Hornet Museum ©
USS Hornet Museum
Oakland Museum of California ©
Oakland Museum of California
Mountain View Cemetery ©
Mountain View Cemetery

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planning site.

San Francisco is just a short distance from Oakland. In May, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts. Escape the urban bustle at Santa Monica State Beach and El Matador State Beach. Take a break from Santa Monica with a short trip to Human Arts Gallery in Ojai, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica journey planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Monica by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Ojai, Beverly Hills, El Matador State Beach, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum ©
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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