4 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
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San Jose
— 1 day
Drive
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Oakland
— 1 night
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San Francisco
Drive
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Santa Cruz
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Oakland
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 1 day
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco journey maker app.

Las Vegas to San Francisco is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in September, with highs in San Francisco at 76°F and lows at 58°F. On the 3rd (Sat), you're off to San Jose.
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San Jose — 1 day

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Santana Row, Apple Park Visitor Center, Google Android Lawn Statues, and other attractions. On the 3rd (Sat), enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Stanford University, get engrossed in the history at Computer History Museum, then appreciate the history behind Google Android Lawn Statues, then make a trip to Apple Park Visitor Center, and finally shop like a local with Santana Row.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Jose trip maker app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Oakland.
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Oakland — 1 night

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Oakland trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from San Jose to Oakland by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a subway; or take a train. When traveling from San Jose in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Oakland, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. You'll set off for San Francisco on the 4th (Sun).
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

You've now added Golden Gate Bridge to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco online tour itinerary maker.

San Francisco is just a stone's throw from Oakland. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Cruz.
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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Capitola Beach as well as Shark Fin Cove. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): kick back and relax at Shark Fin Cove, then find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Capitola Beach.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Oakland.
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Oakland — 1 night

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Oakland journey maker website.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Oakland in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. You'll set off for San Francisco on the 5th (Mon).
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San Francisco — 1 day

City by the Bay

You've added Twin Peaks, Union Square, Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 5th (Mon), see a show at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, then take a stroll through Union Square, and finally take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour itinerary website.

San Francisco is very close to Oakland. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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California travel guide

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The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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