12 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

12 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

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Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Tampa, Florida

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.
Visiting La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Midway Museum and Marston House Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Oceanside Pier in Oceanside (about 44 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and examine the collection at San Diego Air & Space Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego visit planner.

Tampa to San Diego is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tampa in November, with highs in San Diego at 73°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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.
Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and Venice Canals Walkway. Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). Pack the 4th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles vacation planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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