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

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

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San Diego
— 6 nights
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
San Francisco
— 7 nights


San Diego

— 6 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and La Jolla Shores Park. Take a break from the city and head to Point Loma and Coronado Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine), Old Town Temecula (in Temecula) and Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, look for gifts at Kogei Gallery, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip website.

If you are flying in from China, the closest major aiports are San Diego International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport and Palm Springs International Airport. In August, daytime highs in San Diego are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 6 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Broad and The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. Appreciate the collections at Mission San Juan Capistrano and Hollywood Bowl Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Newport Beach (in Newport Beach), Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo) and Wayfarers Chapel (in Rancho Palos Verdes). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove.

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Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 7 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Filbert Street Stairs. Visiting Muir Woods National Monument and Marin Headlands will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Mumm Napa (in Rutherford), VJB Cellars (in Kenwood) and Sacramento (California State Railroad Museum & Crocker Art Museum). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, steep yourself in history at Fort Point, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and hike along Lands End.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips