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

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

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Start: Charleston
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Charleston

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mumm Napa and VJB Cellars. Head to Oxbow Public Market and Oakville Groceryfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay), Healdsburg (Stephen & Walker Winery, Dry Creek Vineyard, &more) and Korbel Champagne Cellars (in Guerneville). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Francis Ford Coppola Winery and take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Charleston to San Francisco is an approximately 9- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Charleston to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Healdsburg, St. Helena, Bodega Head, VJB Cellars, Oxbow Public Market
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VJB Cellars ©
VJB Cellars
Francis Ford Coppola Winery ©
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Guitar Center.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 49°F. You will leave for San Diego on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Shores Park and South Carlsbad State Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Seaport Village and Mormon Battalion Historic Site. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Temecula (Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants & Old Town Temecula). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in December, and nighttime lows around 51°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Temecula, South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach

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