18 days in San Francisco & San Diego Itinerary

18 days in San Francisco & San Diego Itinerary

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18 days in San Francisco & San Diego Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Paris

9
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Stinson Beach and Limantour Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like VJB Cellars and Francis Ford Coppola Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Rutherford (HALL Rutherford, Grgich Hills Estate, & more), St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards & Pride Mountain Vineyards) and Mount Tamalpais State Park (in Mill Valley). Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, wander the streets of Japantown, immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and deepen your understanding at The Marine Mammal Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary builder tool .

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in July, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Rutherford, Sausalito, St. Helena, San Jose, Point Reyes National Seashore
Highlights from your plan
Francis Ford Coppola Winery ©
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Point Reyes Lighthouse ©
Point Reyes Lighthouse
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©

7
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 some cultural sightseeing at Mormon Battalion Historic Site and Doffo Winery. We've included these beaches for you: Crystal Cove and Torrey Pines State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Oceanside (Mission San Luis Rey, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more), Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar) and Wilson Creek Winery (in Temecula). Next up on the itinerary: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, appreciate the extensive heritage of San Diego Bay Walk, and appreciate the history behind A National Salute to Bob Hope & the Military.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego route maker app .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Francisco in July since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Oceanside, Temecula, Crystal Cove, Coronado Dog Beach, Del Mar City Beach
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mormon Battalion Historic Site ©
Mormon Battalion Historic Site

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