12 days in San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

12 days in San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

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12 days in San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Ottawa

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Shores Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Change things up with a short trip to Oceanside Pier in Oceanside (about 1h 05 min away). And it doesn't end there: stroll through La Jolla Cove, contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site, take in the waterfront at Seaport Village, and enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner.

Ottawa, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Ottawa in April, expect nights in San Diego to be much hotter, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Castello di Amorosa and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Do your shopping at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Sacramento (Old Sacramento & California State Railroad Museum) and Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay). There's much more to do: engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, and explore the galleries of USS Pampanito.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco journey tool .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in San Francisco, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sacramento, Marin Headlands, Bodega Head, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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