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: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
End: San Diego

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Do your shopping at The Grove and Amoeba Music. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Oak Canyon Nature Center, & more), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade, Montana Avenue, & more). Pack the 19th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Hammer Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Melrose Trading Post, and ponder the world of politics at Civic Center.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Los Angeles. In April, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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The Grove ©
The Grove
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, then shop like a local with Africa and Beyond, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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