12 days in San Francisco & San Diego Itinerary

12 days in San Francisco & San Diego Itinerary

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12 days in San Francisco & San Diego Itinerary

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

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Marin Headlands and Presidio of San Francisco. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Lands End. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and Kenwood (B. Wise Vineyards & VJB Cellars). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to San Francisco. In December in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kenwood, Dolphin & Whale Watching, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

7
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Visit La Jolla Shores Park and Newport Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Carlsbad (South Carlsbad State Beach & Carlsbad Village), Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (in Borrego Springs). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and see the interesting displays at Mingei International Museum.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip site .

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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 68°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Carlsbad, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Newport Beach, Crystal Cove, Oceanside Pier
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 18:
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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