20 days in San Diego, Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary

20 days in San Diego, Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary

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Start: San Diego
1
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
End: San Diego

6
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Old Town Temecula. Take a break from the city and head to La Jolla Shores Park and Lions, Tigers & Bears. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas, about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip website.

If you are flying in from China, the closest major aiports are San Diego International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport and Palm Springs International Airport. In August, daytime highs in San Diego are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Lions, Tigers & Bears, Old Town Temecula, Coronado Beach, Handcrafted, Moonlight State Beach
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Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park

6
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Broad and Hollywood Bowl Museum. Appreciate the collections at Mission San Juan Capistrano and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo), Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel (in Rancho Palos Verdes) and Newport Beach (in Newport Beach). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove.

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Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Camarillo Premium Outlets, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, Santa Monica Pier, Mission San Juan Capistrano
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The Broad ©
The Broad
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Visiting Muir Woods National Monument and Marin Headlands will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: VJB Cellars (in Kenwood), Mumm Napa (in Rutherford) and Sacramento (California State Railroad Museum & Crocker Art Museum). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and hike along Lands End.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sacramento, VJB Cellars, Mumm Napa, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Marin Headlands
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Dolphin & Whale Watching
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

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