10 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

10 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

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10 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Tampa, Florida

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seaport Village and Petco Park. Relax by the water at La Jolla Shores Park and Carlsbad State Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner .

Tampa to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Tampa in May, things will get a bit cooler in San Diego: highs are around 70°F and lows about 61°F. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

South Carlsbad State Beach
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

5
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.
Head to Camarillo Premium Outlets and Hollywood & Highlandfor plenty of shopping. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Crystal Cove. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Laguna Beach (in Laguna Beach), Ventura Harbor Village (in Ventura) and Carpinteria State Beach (in Carpinteria). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and browse the different shops at The Grove.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. On the 5th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Crystal Cove, Santa Monica Pier, Carpinteria State Beach, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Ventura Harbor Village
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Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets

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