7 days in San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

7 days in San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

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7 days in San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Washington DC

2
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.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Coronado Beach. Popular historic sites such as Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Old Point Loma Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine), Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside) and Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Diego sightseeing planner.

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. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, things will get slightly colder in San Diego: highs are around 77°F and lows about 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Oceanside Pier, Coronado Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Lions, Tigers & Bears
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Presidio of San Francisco and Fort Point for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Lands End and Marin Headlands. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Sacramento (California State Railroad Museum & Crocker Art Museum). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum and contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

To see photos, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco route 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 July, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Francisco, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Sacramento, Marin Headlands
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Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco

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