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

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

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Fly to Tijuana, Bus to San Diego
San Diego
— 4 nights
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
San Francisco
— 4 nights


San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Pacific Beach. You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Shores Park and Windansea Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine), Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside) and Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, visit Little Italy, appreciate the history behind The Unconditional Surrender, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and tram. Traveling from Playa del Carmen to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Playa del Carmen in December: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 23°C and lows are around 12°C. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Let the collections at Petersen Automotive Museum and The Broad capture your imagination. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and California Science Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and take an in-depth tour of Skirball Cultural Center.

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Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Lands End and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Museum-lovers will get to explore Walt Disney Family Museum and Musee Mecanique. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Mavericks in Half Moon Bay--about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ignatius Church.

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Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 8°C at night. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips