11 days in Pasadena, San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

11 days in Pasadena, San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

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11 days in Pasadena, San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Portland
Drive:  16​h 15​min
1
Pasadena
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  16​h 15​min
End: Portland

4
nights
Pasadena

Pasadena ©
Known as the "City of Roses," Pasadena hosts the annual Rose Bowl parade and football game.
Explore hidden gems such as Norton Simon Museum and Zipline. Venture out of the city with trips to Heaps Peak Arboretum (in Skyforest) and Madonna of the Trail (in Upland). And it doesn't end there: explore the engaging exhibits at Kidspace Children's Museum, examine the collection at The Gamble House, take in breathtaking views at Eaton Canyon, and admire the natural beauty at Arlington Garden in Pasadena.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pasadena trip site .

Portland to Pasadena is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Pasadena

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Madonna of the Trail, Heaps Peak Arboretum, Zipline
Highlights from your plan
Eaton Canyon ©
Eaton Canyon
Zipline
Kidspace Children's Museum ©
Kidspace Children's Museum

2
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Jolla Shores Park and Petco Park. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, contemplate the long history of Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and head off the coast to Coronado Island.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pasadena to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Pasadena in August, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Coronado Island
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 66°F at night. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Room Escape Games

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