If driving along Pacific cliffs appeals to you, hop on Pacific Coast Highway 1 when you hit San Luis Obispo.

Road Trip Itinerary: San Diego to San Francisco in Two Days

You could drive from San Diego to San Francisco in several hours of featureless traffic, or you could take your time exploring the scenic route. Our two-day itinerary gives you time to lounge on the beach, enjoy the natural splendor of the central coast, and leaves plenty of time for cosmopolitan fun.

Coronado Bridge in San Diego, California.

San Diego Area Sights: Coronado Highlights

If you’re in San Diego, the trip across the Coronado bridge to visit this famous resort city should definitely be on your list. Highlights include the spectacular bridge itself, the story of how the resort city came to be, and most notably, the famous Hotel del Coronado.

The California Tower's belltower and dome in San Diego's Balboa Park.

One Day at Balboa Park, San Diego

There’s more to see and do at Balboa Park than can comfortably be accomplished in one day. If you’re only going to make one pass through the treasured cultural center of San Diego, here’s how to prioritize your visit with kids and without.

Societe's tasting room is must-stop for those who enjoy drinking in the shadow of brewing tanks.

San Diego’s Best Craft Breweries

San Diego is thirsty for beer and has dozens of small breweries. Beer drinkers come from all over to taste their wares. Here’s our best San Diego Craft Breweries list, including specialties and highlights.

View from the Coronado ferry landing across the water to the San Diego skyline.

The Best of San Diego in Five Days

To take in all the best of San Diego in five days, you’re going to be very, very busy. Fortunately, between your museum-hopping, boutique-browsing, and enjoying the sights, sun, and sand, you’ll have a chance to fuel up at over a dozen delicious cafes and eateries.

A giant panda eating bamboo at the San Diego Zoo.

The Best of Family-Friendly San Diego

Whatever your kids are into, there’s probably a little something to keep them entertained. The question you need to ask yourself as a parent is: how much can you handle? Fortunately, a few of these family-friendly San Diego attractions are parent-friendly, too.

A sailboat with a colorful rainbow sail cruises through San Diego's mission bay.

Exploring San Diego

San Diego is a golden-hued playground beckoning thrill-seekers, revelers, and soul searchers with its magnificent sunsets, sparkling waters, and promise of the good life. Explore its coastlines, neighborhoods, and communities.

A castle-like building amidst a vineyard in fall colors.

California Coast Family Road Trip Ideas

Driving the California coast is a classic family road trip, with a range of attractions for kids to enjoy. While some popular destinations are very much kid-focused, other attractions such as zoos, aquariums, and unique locales are truly family-friendly, offering a bit of fun for everyone.

A sea otter holds its paws up to its face.

Visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium

From the very beginning, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s mission has been conservation, and they’re not shy about it: all the exhibits you’ll see contain only local sea life. While the aquarium is fun any time of year, week, or day, some things—such as feeding time, or when rarer species such as the great white shark are on display—are worth making the effort to plan out your visit.

Road Trip USA Pacific Coast Highway

Professional traveler Jamie Jensen traveled more than 400,000 miles to bring you the best-selling travel guide Road Trip USA. In this expanded tour of the Pacific Coast Highway, Jamie takes you from the dense green forests of Washington to the gorgeous beaches of Southern California. From logging towns to surfer lore, Road Trip USA Pacific […]