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

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

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

Start: Zurich
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

6
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Mission San Juan Capistrano and Heisler Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach), Rainbow Sandals (in San Clemente) and Disney California Adventure Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 29th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, admire the striking features of Bradbury Building, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and take in the waterfront at Dana Point Harbor.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Zurich in March, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Laguna Beach, Dana Point Harbor, Santa Monica Pier, Rainbow Sandals
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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 San Diego Zoo and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve make great kid-friendly stops. Step off the beaten path and head to San Diego Zoo Safari Park and South Carlsbad State Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Borrego Springs (about 1h 35 min away). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego, stroll through Cuvier Park - The Wedding Bowl, enjoy some diversion at Petco Park, and pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender.

Discover how to plan a San Diego trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

South Carlsbad State Beach, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego Zoo Safari Park ©
San Diego Zoo Safari Park

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and Crissy Field. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco online tour itinerary maker .

Fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Diego in April since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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