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

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

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

Start: New York City
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
day
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alcatraz Island, Japanese Tea Garden and Strawberry Hill. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco journey maker app .

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in November, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 64°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

5
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 list of things to see and do now includes The Grove, Hollywood Sign, Sunset Strip, and other attractions. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland Park, & more). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary website .

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in November: highs in Los Angeles hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Nightlife

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica, Sunset Strip
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gaslamp Quarter. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): laugh and play at SeaWorld San Diego and then get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read San Diego tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In November in San Diego, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 57°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 30th (Sat).

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

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