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

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

Created using Inspirock California trip planner

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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 8th (Fri): kick back and relax at Baker Beach, explore and take pictures at Golden Gate Promenade, then examine the collection at Oakland Museum of California, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in January, with highs in San Francisco at 59°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Avila Beach.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks

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. On the 9th (Sat), experience the excitement of BoltAbout Electric Bikes, look for gifts at Alapay Cellars, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pirate's Cove Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Avila Beach trip app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Avila Beach takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect nights in Avila Beach to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Marcos.

Things to do in Avila Beach

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · 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. Before you visit San Marcos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Avila Beach to San Marcos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January in San Marcos, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 49°F at night. You will leave for home on the 10th (Sun).

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.