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

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

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

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Charlotte

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.
Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego capture your imagination. We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, and kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner .

Charlotte to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. While traveling from Charlotte, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

3
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.
Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Hermosa Beach Pier for some beach relaxation. Let the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory capture your imagination. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. Union Square and Alcatraz Island are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of SoMa, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 57°F. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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