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

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

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

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego will thrill your kids. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Balboa Park, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego online sightseeing planner .

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. In August, San Diego is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure, Disney California Adventure Park, & more) and Ocean View Park (in Santa Monica). There's much more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, have fun and explore at Travel Town, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park.

For ratings and more tourist information, read Los Angeles online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

7
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 Japanese Tea Garden. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Mill Valley to see Muir Woods National Monument about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, stroll around Crissy Field, and kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel route planning website .

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, San Francisco is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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