9 days in San Diego & Sacramento Itinerary

9 days in San Diego & Sacramento Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California journey planner

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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Sacramento
— 3 nights
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San Diego

— 5 nights

America's Finest City

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Coronado Beach and Del Mar City Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas) and Carlsbad (Carlsbad Village & South Carlsbad State Beach). Next up on the itinerary: visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Pacific Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary planning site.

Phoenix to San Diego is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to San Diego due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Phoenix in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Sacramento

— 3 nights

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Visit Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park and Bourn House for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at California State Railroad Museum and Crocker Art Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Sacramento: Empire Mine State Historic Park (in Grass Valley) and Auburn Joss House Chinese Museum (in Auburn). There's lots more to do: grab your bike and head to American River Bicycle Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at California State Capitol Museum, and learn about winemaking at The Undergound Tasting Room.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sacramento day trip planning site.

You can fly from San Diego to Sacramento in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in October, Sacramento is slightly colder at night with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips