11 days in San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

11 days in San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

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11 days in San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: New Orleans

4
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.
Visit La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores Park for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail (in Borrego Springs), Ricardo Breceda Gallery & Sculpture Garden (in Aguanga) and Pamo Valley Winery (in Ramona). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego, brush up on your military savvy at MCRD Museum Historical Society, and stroll through San Diego Zoo.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip website .

New Orleans to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New Orleans to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Orleans in February, you will find days in San Diego are somewhat warmer (68°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Ricardo Breceda Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Pamo Valley Winery, Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castello di Amorosa and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Visit Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Sacramento (Old Sacramento & California State Railroad Museum). There's much more to do: get curious at Exploratorium, examine the collection at de Young Museum, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Francisco, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sacramento, Castello di Amorosa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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