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Where should I spend more time at, San Diego or Seattle?

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Where should I spend more time at, San Diego or Seattle?

So I'm travelling to the West Cost in mid October and I have got 8 days before I go on a 7 day tour (takes me to Grand Canyon, Vegas, Yosemite and finishes in San Francisco which I will have 3 days there before I go back home).

For these 8 days I'm thinking of going to San Diego, Seattle then LA which is where the tour leaves from. This was my original plan:

Day 1 - arrive in LAX (from Sydney) around 10am

- get coach or Amtrak to San Diego 2.5 hours arriving mid afternoon

Day 2 - full day in San Diego

Day 3 - leave early morning flight to Seattle, mostly a full day in Seattle

Day 4 - full day in Seattle

Day 5 - half day in Seattle, leave to LA late afternoon/evening

Day 6 - Full day in LA

Day 7 - Full Day in LA

Day 8 - Full Day in LA

Day 9 - 15 - 7 day tour

Day 16 - 18 - San Francisco

I will arrive in LAX around 10am so I was planning to go to San Diego by bus around 11 or 12am. Then I will have a full day the next day and stay overnight and on the 3rd day I was thinking of leaving to Seattle in the morning and spend 2 nights there before leaving for LA.

Now my question is, should I change the plan above to spend longer in San Diego? If so, it means leaving early morning for Seattle on Day 4 instead of Day 3. If I do this I will have 2.5 days (and 3 nights) in San Diego and then 2 days (1 night) in Seattle.

What do you think? Should I spend more time in San Diego or Seattle?

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1. Re: Where should I spend more time at, San Diego or Seattle?

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2. Re: Where should I spend more time at, San Diego or Seattle?

It depends on why you are going to Seattle and why you are going to San Diego???

What you plan to see/do in each city will help you decide.

It is unusual to try to see both of those cities on a visit to the west coast in such a short amount of time!

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3. Re: Where should I spend more time at, San Diego or Seattle?

I say with such short time either one or the other but not both. Couple of days here, couple of days there, you don't really get to enjoy either city.

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4. Re: Where should I spend more time at, San Diego or Seattle?

So the places I'm interested in going to in San Diego are La Jolla, Balboa Park, Old Town, San Diego Zoo or Seaworld (or both) and Mission Bay.

And the places I'm interested to visit in Seattle are Pike Market, the Space Needle, Seatre Centre, EMP Museum.

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5. Re: Where should I spend more time at, San Diego or Seattle?

To have a good trip, I think that I would choose between San Diego and Seattle. AND, you really don't have enough time in San Francisco, but I guess your preplanned tour gives you no choice?

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6. Re: Where should I spend more time at, San Diego or Seattle?

You need much more time in either of the cities to do what you are considering. From visiting San Diego, I can know you will need probably three days. Choose one or the other and subtract a day from LA.

What form of transport are you considering while in San Diego or Seatle?

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7. Re: Where should I spend more time at, San Diego or Seattle?

You need much more time in either of the cities to do what you are considering. From visiting San Diego, I can know you will need probably three days. (For instance, you can't do Sea World and San Diego Zoo in the same day.) Choose either San Diego or Seattle and .subtract a day from LA. I would be inclined to choose San Diego since it is closer to LA and, thus avoid a plane ride back and forth.

What form of transport are you considering while in San Diego or Seatle?

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8. Re: Where should I spend more time at, San Diego or Seattle?

Yeah unfortunately I preplanned the tour so I can't change any of my dates anymore without incurring a lot more cost.

I'll be travelling by air from San Diego to Seattle. I was thinking of subtracting a day from LA too..

And the other alternative I was thinking maybe instead of going Seattle or San Diego I go to San Francisco so I can spend more time there in addition to my 3 days after the tour.

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9. Re: Where should I spend more time at, San Diego or Seattle?

>>>And the other alternative I was thinking maybe instead of going Seattle or San Diego I go to San Francisco so I can spend more time there in addition to my 3 days after the tour.<<

that would be my choice.....but up to you.

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10. Re: Where should I spend more time at, San Diego or Seattle?

Based on that I'd say stay in San Diego. Skip Seattle.

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