12 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & Palm Springs Itinerary

12 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & Palm Springs Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
End: Los Angeles

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip planning site.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. June in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
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.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately Encinitas away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Diego online visit planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

3
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Get out of town with these interesting Palm Springs side-trips: Joshua Tree National Park (Ryan Mountain, Hidden Valley Nature Trail, &more).

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Palm Springs online visit planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Palm Springs in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 48°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Joshua Tree National Park
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon
Ryan Mountain ©
Ryan Mountain

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