12 days in Los Angeles & San Diego Itinerary

12 days in Los Angeles & San Diego Itinerary

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12 days in Los Angeles & San Diego Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  9​h
1
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h
End: New York City

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Third Street Promenade. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica (Bergamot Station, Santa Monica Farmers Market, & more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, look for gifts at Guitar Center, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planning site .

New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. In December, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than New York City - with highs of 68°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Shop till you drop at Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy Mercato. USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in December, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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