9 days in San Diego & Denver Itinerary

9 days in San Diego & Denver Itinerary

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9 days in San Diego & Denver Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Denver
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Washington DC

3
nights
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.
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and San Diego Air & Space Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mission Beach Boardwalk and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Venture out of the city with trips to Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas) and South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). The adventure continues: take a memorable tour with Tours, have fun at Petco Park, head off the coast to Coronado Island, and enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Diego itinerary builder .

Washington DC to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Diego. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in August: highs in San Diego hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Coronado, South Carlsbad State Beach, Moonlight State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Moonlight State Beach ©
Moonlight State Beach
San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Air & Space Museum

5
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Dinosaur Ridge and Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to Benson Park Sculpture Garden or Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Alberta Falls (in Rocky Mountain National Park), Boulder (Boulder Creek Path & Flatirons) and Estes Park (Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, Estes Park Visitor Center, & more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherry Creek State Park, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Crown Hill Park, and admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip app .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Denver takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Denver due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Denver, with highs around 85°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Estes Park, Boulder, Loveland, Golden, Crown Hill Park
Highlights from your plan
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park

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