13 days in San Diego County Itinerary

13 days in San Diego County Itinerary

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13 days in San Diego County Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  45​min
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Chula Vista
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
End: San Diego


Carlsbad ©
Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological and Leoness Cellars. Change things up with these side-trips from Carlsbad: Cabot's Pueblo Museum (in Desert Hot Springs), Temecula (Temecula Olive Oil Company, Europa Village, & more) and Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar). There's much more to do: make a trip to Galleta Meadows, kick back and relax at Swami's Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, and identify plant and animal life at Batiquitos Lagoon.

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San Diego to Carlsbad is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Diego in September since evenings lows in Carlsbad dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Chula Vista.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Temecula, Encinitas, Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological, Del Mar City Beach
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Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological ©
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological
Galleta Meadows ©
Galleta Meadows
Leoness Cellars ©
Leoness Cellars

Chula Vista

Chula Vista ©
Chula Vista is the second largest city in the San Diego metropolitan area, the seventh largest city in Southern California, the fourteenth largest city in the state of California, and the 76th-largest city in the United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laguna Mountain Recreation Area and Lake Cuyamaca. Explore Chula Vista's surroundings by going to Desert View Tower Jacumba (in Jacumba), Rams Hill Golf Club (in Borrego Springs) and Vineyard Grant James (in Ramona). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at California Wolf Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Dog Beach, explore the activities along Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, and browse the collection at Coronado Public Library.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chula Vista day trip planner.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Chula Vista in an hour. In October in Chula Vista, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chula Vista

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Coronado, Julian, Desert View Tower Jacumba, Vineyard Grant James, Laguna Mountain Recreation Area
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California Wolf Center ©
California Wolf Center
Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve ©
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach