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

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

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

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

5
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.
Get outdoors at Pacific Beach and Coronado Beach. Get some historical perspective at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Point Loma. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Carlsbad to see South Carlsbad State Beach about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, steep yourself in history at Mormon Battalion Historic Site, enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and make a trip to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to San Diego is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to San Diego, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Rio de Janeiro, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Coronado Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Exploratorium and The Arteryfor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Crocker Art Museum and California State Railroad Museum. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, take a stroll through Twin Peaks, and admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip maker tool .

Getting from San Diego to San Francisco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in June, plan for little chillier nights in San Francisco, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sacramento, The Artery, Marin Headlands
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

7
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61 and The Broad. Escape the urban bustle at Crystal Cove and Newport Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo), Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, grab your bike and head to 26-Mile Bike Path, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Los Angeles journey planner.

Fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Mission San Juan Capistrano
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Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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