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

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

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

Start: Cincinnati
Drive:  36​h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  37​h
End: Cincinnati

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes San Diego Zoo. On the 21st (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Diego vacation trip planner.

Cincinnati to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In October, San Diego is a bit warmer than Cincinnati - with highs of 77°F and lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 24th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. October in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa--about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary maker.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by combination of train and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 56°F. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Wine Tours & Tastings

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