11 days in Riverside, San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

11 days in Riverside, San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

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11 days in Riverside, San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
foot + Fly + bus:  44​h
1
Riverside
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Riverside

Riverside ©
Riverside is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, located in the Inland Empire metropolitan area. On the 11th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, then have fun at Ontario Mills, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Victoria Gardens.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Riverside online trip builder .

New York City to Riverside is an approximately 44-hour car ride. You can also take a train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Riverside due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in April; daily highs in Riverside reach 30°C and lows reach 13°C. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Riverside

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ontario Mills, Victoria Gardens, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Skechers, Crown Village Clock Tower
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Ontario Mills ©
Ontario Mills
Victoria Gardens ©
Victoria Gardens

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Oceanside Pier and Mormon Battalion Historic Site. Point Loma and Our Lady of the Rosary Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Societe Brewing Company, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip site .

Drive from Riverside to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Riverside in April, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (25°C), and nights are a bit warmer (17°C). On the 15th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
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Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Oceanside Pier ©
Oceanside Pier

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.
Get outdoors at Carpinteria State Beach and Zuma Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique and El Matador State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Tehachapi Mountain Park (in Tehachapi), Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo) and Rincon Bike Trail (in Carpinteria). There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame and explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Malibu, Tehachapi, Carpinteria, Camarillo Premium Outlets
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach

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