11 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

11 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

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11 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Portland

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 get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Children's Pool. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, explore the activities along Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, and have fun at Balboa Park.

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

Portland to San Diego is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Portland in July, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 22nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip site .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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