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: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 14 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

14
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or City Lights Booksellers. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at China Beach and Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Half Moon Bay (Gray Whale Cove State Beach & Pescadero State Beach), Bean Hollow State Beach (in Pescadero) and Pacifica (Rockaway Beach & Mori Point). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, kick back and relax at Baker Beach, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. August in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pescadero, Pacifica, Half Moon Bay, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Limantour Beach
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

3
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.
On the 18th (Sun), stop by Hillcrest Farmers Market and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. On your second day here, stroll through La Jolla Cove and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Diego vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 23°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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