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

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

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

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): browse the different shops at Seaport Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary planner .

Fort Lauderdale to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, tram, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego due to the time zone difference. In December, San Diego is little chillier than Fort Lauderdale - with highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Shopping Nature Outdoors
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Seaport Village ©
Seaport Village
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): browse the different shops at The Grove, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles tour itinerary builder site .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In December in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bodega Head and Pescadero State Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Pescadero State Beach and Fort Funston National Park. Step out of San Francisco to go to Bodega Bay and see Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, wander the streets of Union Square, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel app .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Bodega Bay, Pescadero State Beach
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Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Musee Mecanique ©
Musee Mecanique
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head

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