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

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

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

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Sebastopol Center for the Arts. For shopping fun, head to Union Square or Cornerstone Sonoma. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Safari West (in Santa Rosa) and Oxbow Public Market (in Napa). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker site .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in San Francisco at 27°C and lows at 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Safari West, Cornerstone Sonoma, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Diego visit planning site .

Getting from San Francisco to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Francisco in October since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Shopping Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Seaport Village ©
Seaport Village

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): look for gifts at Kitson, then look for gifts at Bergamot Station, then don't miss a visit to Montana Avenue, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, stop by Amoeba Music, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, then look for gifts at The Original Farmers Market, and finally see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planning site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. October in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market

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