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: Boston
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Boston

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.
Visiting La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo will get you outdoors. USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, pause for some serene contemplation at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip builder website .

Boston to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In June in San Diego, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

8
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.
Shop till you drop at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and The Grove. Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade, Montana Avenue, & more) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 3rd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, explore the galleries of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and explore the world behind art at Hammer Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planning site .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in June: highs in Los Angeles hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (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
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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