3 days in San Francisco, San Luis Obispo County & San Marcos Itinerary

3 days in San Francisco, San Luis Obispo County & San Marcos Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 1 day
Drive
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Avila Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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San Marcos
— 1 night
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Drive to San Diego International Airport, Fly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Drive to Washington DC

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San Francisco

— 1 day

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): kick back and relax at Baker Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Golden Gate Promenade, then examine the collection at Oakland Museum of California, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco attractions website.

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in March; daily highs in San Francisco reach 65°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Avila Beach.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

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Avila Beach

— 1 night
Avila Beach is an unincorporated community in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States, located on San Luis Obispo Bay about 160 miles (257 km) northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): catch some excitement at BoltAbout Electric Bikes, then look for gifts at Alapay Cellars, and then kick back and relax at Pirate's Cove Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Avila Beach online travel route planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Avila Beach in 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in March: highs in Avila Beach hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Marcos.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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San Marcos

— 1 night
San Marcos is a city in the North County region of San Diego County in the U.S. state of California. For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Marcos journey builder tool.

You can drive from Avila Beach to San Marcos in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In March, daytime highs in San Marcos are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. On the 7th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Marcos

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Beaches
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San Luis Obispo County travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops
The Central Coast
Separated from major metropolitan areas, coastal San Luis Obispo County has preserved its rural character. It includes many small communities with a strong agricultural heritage, and preserves a sense of old California. Many visitors on holiday come here to browse the excellent farmers' markets or tour world-class vineyards. The county offers plentiful outdoor vacation ideas, with beaches, rolling hills, and the Santa Lucia mountain range nearby. You can also take side trips to the area's larger towns, with their historical downtown districts, shopping destinations, and museums.