4 days in San Diego & Catalina Island Itinerary

4 days in San Diego & Catalina Island Itinerary

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4 days in San Diego & Catalina Island Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + ferry:  5​h
2
Avalon
— 1 night
+3
ferry + foot + bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Phoenix

2
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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary planner .

Phoenix to San Diego is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to San Diego. When traveling from Phoenix in March, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Avalon.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

1
night
Avalon

Avalon ©
Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Catalina Island Conservancy.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Avalon road trip planning website .

Do a combination of bus and ferry from San Diego to Avalon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. In March, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Avalon

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Catalina Island Conservancy ©
Catalina Island Conservancy

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