11 days in Los Angeles & San Diego Itinerary

11 days in Los Angeles & San Diego Itinerary

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11 days in Los Angeles & San Diego Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Crystal Cove and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and The Getty Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Disney California Adventure Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 21st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and engage your brain at California Science Center.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles itinerary website .

If you are flying in from South Korea, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. In December in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Crystal Cove
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): kick back and relax at Manhattan Beach, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Seal Beach, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online trip itinerary maker .

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Manhattan Beach, Seal Beach
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Seal Beach ©
Seal Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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 29th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. On your second day here, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then enjoy the sand and surf at Windansea Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in December, and nighttime lows around 12°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Windansea Beach ©
Windansea Beach
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

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