5 days in Oakland, San Francisco & Santa Monica Itinerary

5 days in Oakland, San Francisco & Santa Monica Itinerary

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5 days in Oakland, San Francisco & Santa Monica Itinerary

Start: Santa Monica
Fly:  4 h
1
Oakland
— 1 day
Bus:  15 min
2
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  5 h
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
End: Santa Monica

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Oakland

Oakland ©
Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. On the 22nd (Wed), don't miss a visit to USS Hornet Museum, then see the interesting displays at Oakland Museum of California, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountain View Cemetery, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Monterey Market.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Oakland attractions planner .

Santa Monica to Oakland is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of tram and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to San Francisco.

Things to do in Oakland

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

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

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 23rd (Thu): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online tour itinerary planner .

San Francisco is very close to Oakland. May in San Francisco sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Human Arts Gallery. Shop till you drop at Third Street Promenade and Two Rodeo Drive. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Monica: El Matador State Beach (in Malibu) and Ojai (Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts & Meditation Mount). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and take a stroll through Rodeo Drive.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica day trip planner.

In May in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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