8 days in San Francisco & San Diego Itinerary

8 days in San Francisco & San Diego Itinerary

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8 days in San Francisco & San Diego Itinerary

Start: Richmond
Fly:  10​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Richmond

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Sebastopol Center For the Arts and Asian Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and The Barlowfor plenty of shopping. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Calistoga to see Castello di Amorosa about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: get curious at California Academy of Sciences, stop by Molinari Delicatessen, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip website .

Richmond to San Francisco is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Richmond to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Richmond in March, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sebastopol, Castello di Amorosa
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Asian Art Museum ©
Asian Art Museum

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Step out of San Diego to go to Carlsbad and see Carlsbad State Beach, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Seaport Village and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our San Diego online sightseeing planner .

Getting from San Francisco to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from San Francisco in March, with lows around 56°F. You'll set off for home on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

South Carlsbad State Beach, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach

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