12 days in San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

12 days in San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Charlotte

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA). Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately Encinitas away. There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and walk around La Jolla Shores Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip builder website.

Charlotte to San Diego is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Charlotte to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Charlotte in October, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coronado Beach, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

6
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 Baker Beach and China Beach. Shop till you drop at Union Square and Ghirardelli Square. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: stop by Fisherman's Wharf, get great views at Twin Peaks, visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in October, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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