10 days in Los Angeles, Huntington Beach & San Diego Itinerary

10 days in Los Angeles, Huntington Beach & San Diego Itinerary

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10 days in Los Angeles, Huntington Beach & San Diego Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Huntington Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Step off the beaten path and head to 26-Mile Bike Path and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Venture out of the city with trips to Indian Canyons Hiking Trails (in Palm Springs) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles online road trip planner .

New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Los Angeles. Traveling from New York City in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 75°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Huntington Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Theme Parks Trails

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Indian Canyons Hiking Trails
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Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

2
nights
Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach ©
Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, partake in some friendly competition at ClueHoo, then look for all kinds of wild species at Huntington Beach Wetlands, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Orange County Coast. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Victoria Beach, kick back and relax at Huntington State Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Huntington Beach day trip app .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Huntington Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. April in Huntington Beach sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Huntington Beach

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Laguna Beach
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Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve ©
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Victoria Beach ©
Victoria Beach
Pacific Marine Mammal Center ©
Pacific Marine Mammal Center

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then identify plant and animal life at Lions, Tigers & Bears. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Coronado Island and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego online trip maker .

Getting from Huntington Beach to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April in San Diego, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Coronado Island, South Carlsbad State Beach, Lions, Tigers & Bears
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Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Coronado Island ©
Coronado Island

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