Route & dates
20 days in San Diego, Los Angeles & San Francisco Itinerary
Start: San Diego
San Diego— 6 nights
Drive: 2h 15min
Los Angeles— 6 nights
Fly: 3h 45min
San Francisco— 7 nights
Fly: 3h 30min
End: San Diego
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.Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Point Loma will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Coronado Beach and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Old Town Temecula (in Temecula), Handcrafted (in Solana Beach) and Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planning site .
If you are flying in from China, the closest major airports are San Diego International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport and Palm Springs International Airport. In August in San Diego, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.
Things to do in San Diego
Old Town Temecula, Lions, Tigers & Bears, Handcrafted, Moonlight State Beach, Coronado Beach
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.Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Battleship USS Iowa BB-61 and Mission San Juan Capistrano. For shopping fun, head to Camarillo Premium Outlets or LA Farmers' Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel (in Rancho Palos Verdes) and Newport Beach (in Newport Beach). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.
For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles tour itinerary planner .
Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.
Things to do in Los Angeles
Norton Simon Museum, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Newport Beach, Santa Monica Pier, Camarillo Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
City by the Bay
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.Your inner history buff will appreciate Twin Peaks and Filbert Steps. Shop till you drop at Exploratorium and Mumm Napa. Venture out of the city with trips to Sacramento (California State Railroad Museum & Crocker Art Museum), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and VJB Cellars (in Kenwood). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and do a tasting at Francis Ford Coppola Winery.
To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .
You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in San Francisco
Sacramento, Muir Woods National Monument, Marin Headlands, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Francis Ford Coppola Winery
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