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

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

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

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Shanghai

4
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.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and The Grove make great kid-friendly stops. Head to Bergamot Station and Amoeba Musicfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Disney California Adventure Park (in Anaheim) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). There's more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center and stop by Hollywood & Highland.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles vacation maker tool .

Shanghai, China to Los Angeles is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -16 hour difference. Traveling from Shanghai in December, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Nightlife

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Diego travel route planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Shopping
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter
San Diego Air & Space Museum ©
San Diego Air & Space Museum

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ghirardelli Square and Exploratorium. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Squarefor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and stop by Rainbow Grocery.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in December, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Tours Historic Sites
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Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Ghirardelli Square ©
Ghirardelli Square

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