7 days in Carbondale & San Clemente Itinerary

7 days in Carbondale & San Clemente Itinerary

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7 days in Carbondale & San Clemente Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly + Drive:  16​h 30​min
— 1 night
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
San Clemente
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: San Diego


Carbondale ©
Carbondale is a city in Jackson County, Illinois, United States, within the Southern Illinois region informally known as "Little Egypt." The city developed from 1853 because of the stimulation of railroad construction into the area. On the 15th (Thu), explore and take pictures at SIU Arena, admire the majestic nature at Giant City State Park, and then learn about winemaking at Blue Sky Vineyard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Boo Rochman Memorial Park, then get lost in a book at Marion Carnegie Library, and then get outside with Rent One Park.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Carbondale trip itinerary planning app .

San Diego to Carbondale is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Diego in November: highs in Carbondale hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to San Clemente.

Things to do in Carbondale

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Marion, Makanda
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SIU Arena ©
SIU Arena
Giant City State Park ©
Giant City State Park
Rent One Park ©
Rent One Park

San Clemente

San Clemente is a city in Orange County, California, United States. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Dana Strands Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Clemente: Encinitas (Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens & Moonlight State Beach), The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens (in Palm Desert) and Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach). There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Oceanside Pier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Victoria Beach, and kick back and relax at Doheny State Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Clemente day trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Carbondale to San Clemente with the Route module. Traveling from Carbondale to San Clemente, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, San Clemente is a bit warmer than Carbondale - with highs of 70°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in San Clemente

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dana Point, Encinitas, Laguna Beach, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Oceanside Pier
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Moonlight State Beach ©
Moonlight State Beach