10 days in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara & San Diego Itinerary

10 days in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara & San Diego Itinerary

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10 days in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara & San Diego Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Newark

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Step off the beaten path and head to Mission San Juan Capistrano and Crystal Cove. It doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles attractions website .

Newark to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to Los Angeles. In April, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Newark - with highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Mission San Juan Capistrano, Santa Monica Pier, Crystal Cove
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 16th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Cold Spring Tavern, and then wander the streets of State Street Underpass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally stroll through Arroyo Burro County Beach Park.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, Santa Barbara is little chillier at night with lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Point Loma and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Oceanside to see Oceanside Pier about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip maker tool .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Santa Barbara in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 58°F. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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