11 days in San Francisco & San Diego Itinerary

11 days in San Francisco & San Diego Itinerary

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11 days in San Francisco & San Diego Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. You'll get in some beach time at Bodega Dunes and Goat Rock Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Napa (Balloon Rides & Trinitas Cellars), Healdsburg (Gracianna Winery & Stephen & Walker Winery) and St. Helena (Titus Vineyards, V. Sattui Winery, & more). The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf.

For maps and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder 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 difference when traveling from New York City to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

St. Helena, Healdsburg, Napa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Balloon Rides

5
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 discover tucked-away gems like La Jolla Shores Park and South Carlsbad State Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Moonlight State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Old Town Temecula (in Temecula) and Moonlight Beach State Park (in Encinitas). There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, stroll through Coronado Beach, and kick back and relax at Children's Pool.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Diego travel route planner .

Fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from San Francisco in September, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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