22 days in San Francisco, Pacific Coast & Los Angeles Itinerary

22 days in San Francisco, Pacific Coast & Los Angeles Itinerary

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22 days in San Francisco, Pacific Coast & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
San Francisco, United States
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
2
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
3
Mazatlan, Mexico
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Zihuatanejo, Mexico
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Brisbane, Australia

5
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castello di Amorosa and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Step off the beaten path and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Muir Woods National Monument. Step out of San Francisco to go to San Gregorio and see San Gregorio State Beach, which is approximately 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get to know the fascinating history of Twin Peaks, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online trip maker .

Brisbane, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Brisbane in August, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Nuevo Vallarta.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, San Gregorio State Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Castello di Amorosa
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Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
nights
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

Nuevo Vallarta ©
A planned resort community with one of Mexico's highest concentrations of hotels, Nuevo Vallarta caters to international tourists with its luxurious restaurants, charming marinas, and long stretches of sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Nuevo Vallarta Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nuevo Vallarta trip website .

Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Nuevo Vallarta with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Nuevo Vallarta. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: high temperatures in Nuevo Vallarta hover around 37°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mazatlan.

Things to do in Nuevo Vallarta

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Nuevo Vallarta Beach ©
Nuevo Vallarta Beach

4
nights
Mazatlan, Mexico

Mazatlan ©
Fine beaches remain a top reason to take a trip to Mazatlan, a developed resort city with a high concentration of hotels and restaurants.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Plaza Machado and Catedral Basilica de Mazatlan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Playa Las Gaviotas and Playa Cerritos. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa Olas Altas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaculate Conception Cathedral, look for gifts at Casa Etnika, and make a trip to Malecon.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mazatlan online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Nuevo Vallarta to Mazatlan in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nuevo Vallarta to Mazatlan is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zihuatanejo.

Things to do in Mazatlan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Plaza Machado ©
Plaza Machado
Immaculate Conception Cathedral ©
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Playa Cerritos ©
Playa Cerritos

5
nights
Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Zihuatanejo ©
Together with the adjecent town of Ixtapa, coastal Zihuatanejo remains one of southwestern Mexico's major tourist destinations.
Take a break from the city and head to Playa la Ropa and Playa Blanca. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Larga and Ciclopista de Ixtapa. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Playa Quieta, take a leisurely stroll along Paseo de Pescador, identify plant and animal life at Ayotlcalli Rescue and Conservation Center, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zihuatanejo trip website .

Traveling by flight from Mazatlan to Zihuatanejo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In August in Zihuatanejo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Zihuatanejo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ixtapa, Ayotlcalli Rescue and Conservation Center
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Playa la Ropa ©
Playa la Ropa
Playa Blanca ©
Playa Blanca
Playa Larga ©
Playa Larga

4
nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carpinteria State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. We've included these beaches for you: Santa Monica Beach and Hermosa Beach Pier. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Laguna Beach and see Laguna Beach, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online travel route builder .

Traveling by flight from Zihuatanejo to Los Angeles takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Zihuatanejo in August, expect Los Angeles to be little chillier, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach Pier, Carpinteria State Beach
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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