12 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & Las Vegas Itinerary

12 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & Las Vegas Itinerary

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12 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
End: San Jose

5
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.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Downtown Disney in Anaheim--about 34 minutes away. Pack the 26th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the striking features of Bradbury Building, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

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San Jose to Los Angeles is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Jose in May, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: try out the rides at SeaWorld San Diego, admire the natural beauty at Balboa Park, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May in San Diego, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Paris Las Vegas, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller, then shop like a local with The Strip, and finally ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas day trip planning app .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 103°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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