12 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & New York City Itinerary

12 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & New York City Itinerary

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12 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & New York City Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
3
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Getty Center and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. For shopping fun, head to Camarillo Premium Outlets or Irvine Spectrum Center. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Victoria Gardens (in Rancho Cucamonga), Virga Gallery (in Laguna Beach) and Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano). Next up on the itinerary: stop by LA Farmers' Market, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, get engrossed in the history at Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles journey maker app .

If you are flying in from France, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. In October, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, The Americana at Brand, Palm Springs Art Museum, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
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Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): examine the collection at San Diego Air & Space Museum, then stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Seaport Village. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, revel in the low prices at Las Americas Premium Outlets, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Seaport Village ©
Seaport Village
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

2
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Woodbury Common Premium Outlets and Food Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Met Cloisters and browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to New York City takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Diego to New York City due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Diego in November: high temperatures in New York City hover around 16°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets ©
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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