27 days in San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

27 days in San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

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27 days in San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 16 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Washington DC

10
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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Shores Park and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Head to The Bird Watcher and Julian Cider Millfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Encinitas (Moonlight Beach State Park, Cardiff State Beach, & more), Discovery Lake (in San Marcos) and South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, stroll through Mission Beach Park, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Diego online trip maker .

Washington DC to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in July; daily highs in San Diego reach 77°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Encinitas, Borrego Springs, Julian, Pamo Valley Winery, Ricardo Breceda Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach

16
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll get in some beach time at Bodega Dunes and Fort Funston National Park. Explore hidden gems such as Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and California State Railroad Museum. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay), Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore) and Jenner (Goat Rock Beach & Salt Point State Park). Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, stop by City Lights Booksellers, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and stroll through Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary app .

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in August, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 73°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sacramento, Jenner, Pacifica, Pescadero, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

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