4 days in San Diego & Oceanside Itinerary

4 days in San Diego & Oceanside Itinerary

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4 days in San Diego & Oceanside Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Oceanside
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: San Francisco

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.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: walk around La Jolla Cove, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Diego vacation planner .

San Francisco to San Diego is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: highs in San Diego hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Oceanside.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

1
night
Oceanside

Oceanside is a coastal city located on California's South Coast. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Oceanside Pier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Harbor Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens.

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You can drive from San Diego to Oceanside in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 42°F in Oceanside. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Oceanside

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Oceanside Pier ©
Oceanside Pier

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