11 days in San Diego, Escondido & Carlsbad Itinerary

11 days in San Diego, Escondido & Carlsbad Itinerary

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11 days in San Diego, Escondido & Carlsbad Itinerary

Start: San Diego
1
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Escondido
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
End: San Diego

5
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Nordstrom Rack as well as Hillcrest Farmers Market. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park, find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Diego day trip website .

If you are flying in from Cambodia, the closest major airports are San Diego International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport and Palm Springs International Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

3
nights
Escondido

Escondido ©
Escondido reflects its Spanish and Mexican roots (it’s the oldest city in San Diego County) through historical architecture with short stucco buildings painted in pastel colors.
You've now added San Diego Zoo Safari Park to your itinerary. On the 25th (Tue), meet the residents at San Diego Zoo Safari Park and then get some fabulous bargains at Carlsbad Premium Outlets. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Oceanside Pier and then browse the different shops at Irvine Spectrum Center.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Escondido trip planner .

Drive from San Diego to Escondido in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Escondido are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Escondido

Shopping Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Old Town Temecula, Irvine Spectrum Center, Oceanside Pier, Carlsbad Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Irvine Spectrum Center ©
Irvine Spectrum Center
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula
Carlsbad Premium Outlets ©
Carlsbad Premium Outlets

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes LEGOLAND California. On the 27th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Harbor Beach and then wander the streets of Carlsbad Village. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens and then get in on the family fun at LEGOLAND California.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carlsbad road trip planning website .

Carlsbad is just a short distance from Escondido. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Escondido in December since evenings lows in Carlsbad dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trips

South Coast Plaza, Harbor Beach, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
LEGOLAND California ©
LEGOLAND California
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
Carlsbad Village ©
Carlsbad Village

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