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

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

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

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Diego
— 11 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 12 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 11 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

11
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Moonlight Beach State Park. Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar), Encinitas (Moonlight State Beach, Swami's Beach, & more) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronado Beach, browse the different shops at Seaport Village, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read San Diego day trip planning app .

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Diego is minus 8 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from London in July, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Encinitas, South Carlsbad State Beach, Coronado Beach, Lions, Tigers & Bears, Del Mar City Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Beach ©
Pacific Beach
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park

12
nights
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Santa Monica Pier and Venice Canals Walkway will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Carpinteria State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Malibu (Nicholas Canyon Beach, El Pescador State Beach, & more), Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve (in Carpinteria) and Santa Monica (Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Monica Farmers Market, & more). Have a day of magic on the 15th (Thu) at Disneyland Park. Pack the 17th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and look for gifts at Amoeba Music.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Malibu, Laguna Beach, Carpinteria, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay

11
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Alcatraz Island. For shopping fun, head to Union Square or Ferry Building Marketplace. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards & V. Sattui Winery), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Sculptured Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore). There's much more to do: savor the flavors at Castello di Amorosa, kick back and relax at Goat Rock Beach, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco online travel planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, St. Helena, Bodega Head, Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

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