12 days in Los Angeles, Santa Monica & Newport Beach Itinerary

12 days in Los Angeles, Santa Monica & Newport Beach Itinerary

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12 days in Los Angeles, Santa Monica & Newport Beach Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Newport Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
End: Los Angeles

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and California Science Center. Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Bay will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: stop by The Original Farmers Market, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and browse the different shops at Universal CityWalk Hollywood.

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

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Third Street Promenade, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, then buy something for everyone on your list at Rodeo Drive, then stop by Bergamot Station, and finally shop like a local with Montana Avenue.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santa Monica sightseeing planner .

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Monica, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Newport Beach.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
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Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

4
nights
Newport Beach

City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Crystal Cove will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Marina Park and Salt Creek Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newport Beach: Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas), Old Town Temecula (in Temecula) and Virga Gallery (in Laguna Beach). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Irvine Spectrum Center, look for gifts at Roger's Gardens, take in the waterfront at Oceanside Pier, and shop like a local with South Coast Plaza.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Newport Beach tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Newport Beach takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and bus; or take a bus. In July in Newport Beach, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Oceanside Pier, Old Town Temecula, Rainbow Sandals
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
On the 10th (Wed), browse the different shops at The Grove, explore the stunning scenery at Runyon Canyon Park, and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles online journey planner .

You can drive from Newport Beach to Los Angeles in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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The Grove ©
The Grove
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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