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

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

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

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

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Kids will appreciate attractions like Venice Beach and Boardwalk and The Grove. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Annenberg Community Beach House & Third Street Promenade) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Los Angeles. July in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Annenberg Community Beach House ©
Annenberg Community Beach House
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, then view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center, and finally stroll through La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (77°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Exploratorium and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Francisco when traveling from San Diego in July, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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