13 days in San Diego & Newport Itinerary

13 days in San Diego & Newport Itinerary

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13 days in San Diego & Newport Itinerary

Start: Boston
bus + Fly:  7​h
1
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
2
Newport
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Boston

6
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.
Attractions like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Balboa Park make great kid-friendly stops. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Pack the 26th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, take in the views from Coronado Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner.

Boston to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Boston to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in December, expect nights in San Diego to be somewhat warmer, around 51°F, while days are warmer, around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Newport.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Nature Outdoors
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

5
nights
Newport

Newport ©
With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
Visiting Cliff Walk and Beavertail Lighthouse and Park will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Edward Gorey House and Borderland State Park are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newport: Falmouth (Cornelia Carey Sanctuary (The Knob) & Coonamessett Farm), Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum (in Yarmouth Port) and John F Kennedy Hyannis Museum (in Hyannis). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Ocean Drive Historic District, admire the striking features of Marble House, steep yourself in history at The Elms, and get your bearings at Redwood Library & Athenaeum.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Newport road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Newport takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego to Newport, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in December, expect nights in Newport to be a bit cooler, around 32°F, while days are cooler, around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Newport

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

New Bedford, Yarmouth Port, Middletown, Falmouth, Borderland State Park
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Edward Gorey House ©
Edward Gorey House
Cliff Walk ©
Cliff Walk
Plymouth Rock ©
Plymouth Rock

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