The driving distance from San Francisco, California to San Diego, California is:

501 miles / 806 km

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Driving distance from San Francisco, CA to San Diego, CA

The total driving distance from San Francisco, CA to San Diego, CA is 501 miles or 806 kilometers.

Your trip begins in San Francisco, California. It ends in San Diego, California.

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Since this is a long drive, you might want to stop halfway and stay overnight in a hotel. You can find the city that is halfway between San Francisco, CA and San Diego, CA.

Planning to fly a plane instead? You might be more interested in calculating the straight line distance to fly from San Francisco, CA to San Diego, CA.

Besides San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and Balboa Park we recommend a trip to La Jolla. La Jolla is one of California most popular beach destinations. With temperatures that rarely exceed 90 degrees or drop below 50 degrees, this coastal town with a Mediterranean feel is a suitable seaside destination even during the winter months.

Surrounded by the sea and Mt. Soledad, La Jolla lives up to its name as the Jewel by the Sea. Visitors will find hiking trails with views of the surrounding area, museums, art galleries, boutiques and family-friendly, casual fine dining restaurants.

Scuba diving lessons are available at the San Diego's La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve which is located next to La Jolla Shores. The Jolla Shores is about a mile long and according to The City of San Diego, the waves are most gentle during the summer in La Jolla compared to other beaches in San Diego.

La Jolla Cove is another small beach in the area located between sandstone cliffs. It is an ideal place for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and relaxing during the summer months. said that the water visibility in the area can exceed 30 feet. Check with the lifeguards to make sure it is safe to swim and scuba dive before engaging in any water activity.

Sea lions and seals are usually found on the rocks by the north side of La Jolla Cove.

San Francisco, California

City: San Francisco
State: California
Country: United States
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San Diego, California

City: San Diego
State: California
Country: United States
Category: cities

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