11 days in San Diego, Lake Tahoe Area & Los Angeles Itinerary

11 days in San Diego, Lake Tahoe Area & Los Angeles Itinerary

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Fly to Tijuana, Bus to San Diego
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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 27th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Batiquitos Lagoon, and then browse the different shops at Cedros Design District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): stroll through Del Mar City Beach, then kick back and relax at Torrey Pines State Beach, then stroll through Windansea Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip tool.

Quito, Ecuador to San Diego is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Quito to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Quito in December, San Diego is little chillier at night with lows of 12°C. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 4 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Visit St Theresa Catholic Church and Genoa Cemetery for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals and Secret Cove Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Grover Hot Springs State Park in Markleeville (about 40 minutes away). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Ski Butlers South Lake Tahoe, get a taste of the local shopping with Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Wyland Galleries, and look for gifts at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe driving holiday planner.

Fly from San Diego to South Lake Tahoe in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from San Diego in December: high temperatures in South Lake Tahoe hover around 8°C and lows are around -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visit Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita and Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Hollywood Hills for their historical value. We've included these beaches for you: Seal Beach and Redondo Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Corona Del Mar State Beach (in Corona del Mar) and South Coast Plaza (in Costa Mesa). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, view the masterpieces at Annenberg Space for Photography, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, and stop by The Last Bookstore.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from South Lake Tahoe to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in January, things will get much warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.