12 days in Los Angeles & Oceanside Itinerary

12 days in Los Angeles & Oceanside Itinerary

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12 days in Los Angeles & Oceanside Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Oceanside
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

8
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Oceanside), Carpinteria (Seaside Gardens, Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, & more) and Temecula (Wilson Creek Winery, Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants, & more). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Crystal Cove, look for gifts at The Last Bookstore, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and browse the different shops at Irvine Spectrum Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip planning app .

In September, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Temecula, Carpinteria, Ventura, The Collection at Riverpark
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

3
nights
Oceanside

Oceanside ©
Oceanside is a coastal city located on California's South Coast. You've now added Oceanside Adventures to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with Oceanside Adventures, browse the eclectic array of goods at MainStreet Oceanside, stroll through Oceanside Strand, then enjoy the sand and surf at Harbor Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Mission San Luis Rey. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at 1,000 Steps Beach, and then kick back and relax at Salt Creek Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Oceanside trip planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to Oceanside in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Oceanside, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Oceanside

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, Salt Creek Beach
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Mission San Luis Rey ©
Mission San Luis Rey
1,000 Steps Beach ©
1,000 Steps Beach
Oceanside Adventures ©
Oceanside Adventures

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