8 days in San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

8 days in San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

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8 days in San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Detroit

3
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 get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Step out of the city life by going to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Venture out of the city with trips to Little Arabia District (in Anaheim) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). There's more to do: stroll through Black's Beach and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Detroit to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Detroit to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Detroit in December, with highs in San Diego at 68°F and lows at 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lions, Tigers & Bears, Little Arabia District, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Siduri Wines (in Santa Rosa), Sapphire Hill Winery (in Healdsburg) and Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena). There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of SoMa, shop like a local with Union Square, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Diego in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 59°F and lows reach 45°F. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sapphire Hill Winery, Siduri Wines, Pride Mountain Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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