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

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

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24 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
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 10 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.
Attractions like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Maritime Museum of San Diego make great kid-friendly stops. USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Pack the 20th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: stroll through La Jolla Cove, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, and admire the majestic nature at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Diego online trip itinerary planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to San Diego is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in November: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

6
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 Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve in Moss Beach, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, and shop like a local with Union Square.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in November, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

10
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.
For shopping fun, head to The Grove or Bergamot Station. La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market & Montana Avenue), Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 5th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in November, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Norton Simon Museum, Manhattan Beach
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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