12 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

12 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

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12 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 9 nights
End: Los Angeles

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read San Diego travel itinerary planner.

Los Angeles to San Diego is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. October in San Diego sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
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USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

9
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.
For shopping fun, head to Santa Monica Farmers Market or The Grove. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Bay. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more) and Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Bergamot Station). Pack the 17th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post, and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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