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

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

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

Start: Rockford
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h
End: Rockford

4
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.
Do your shopping at Gaslamp Quarter and Seaport Village. Step out of the city life by going to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Julian to see The Warm Hearth about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Diego itinerary builder tool .

Rockford to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rockford to San Diego. Traveling from Rockford in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Warm Hearth
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Montana Avenue and Mission San Juan Capistrano. Discover out-of-the-way places like Running Horse Ranch and Camarillo Premium Outlets. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find photos and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Crystal Cove, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Running Horse Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Union Square and Castello di Amorosa. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Bodega Dunes. Venture out of the city with trips to Robert Mondavi Winery (in Oakville) and Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, don't miss a visit to Nob Hill, and take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 71°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Goat Rock Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Bodega Dunes, Robert Mondavi Winery, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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