12 days in San Diego & Anaheim Itinerary

12 days in San Diego & Anaheim Itinerary

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12 days in San Diego & Anaheim Itinerary

Start: Anaheim
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Anaheim
— 8 nights
End: Anaheim

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Point Loma, Palomar Observatory, Pacific Beach, and other attractions you added. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Carlsbad Village in Carlsbad--about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner .

Anaheim to San Diego is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Anaheim in October, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Palomar Observatory, Carlsbad Village
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter
Point Loma ©
Point Loma

8
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Wedge, Marina Park, The Lab Anti-Mall, and other attractions you added. Get some cultural insight at Oceanside Pier and Old Town Temecula. For shopping fun, head to The Lego Store or Desert Hills Premium Outlets. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Anaheim: Irvine Spectrum Center (in Irvine) and Victoria Gardens (in Rancho Cucamonga). Have a day of magic on the 4th (Mon) at Disneyland Park. Have a day of magic on the 5th (Tue) at Disney California Adventure Park. There's more to do: browse the different shops at Anaheim GardenWalk.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Anaheim tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in October: highs in Anaheim hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Victoria Gardens, Old Town Temecula, Victoria Beach, Irvine Spectrum Center
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Wedge ©
The Wedge
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula

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