20 days in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz & San Francisco Itinerary

20 days in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz & San Francisco Itinerary

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20 days in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Seoul
train + Fly:  17​h
1
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 9 nights
End: San Francisco

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). Pack the 12th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore and take pictures at Dodger Stadium, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

Seoul, South Korea to Los Angeles is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Korea Standard Time (KST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 17 hours. In May, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica, Norton Simon Museum
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Venture out of the city with trips to Point Lobos (in Carmel), Monterey (17-Mile Drive, Monterey Bay, & more) and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard (in Pacific Grove). There's more to do: take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz online trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Los Angeles to Santa Cruz in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: high temperatures in Santa Cruz hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

9
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 25th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through SoMa, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Francisco sightseeing planning tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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