14 days in San Diego, Santa Clarita & Los Angeles Itinerary

14 days in San Diego, Santa Clarita & Los Angeles Itinerary

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14 days in San Diego, Santa Clarita & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Santa Clarita
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Edmonton

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.
Get some cultural insight at Mission Beach Boardwalk and USS Midway Museum. Kids will enjoy Del Mar City Beach and Coronado Beach. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Windansea Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Diego online attractions planner .

Edmonton, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Edmonton to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Edmonton in July, San Diego is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Clarita.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Coronado, Del Mar City Beach
Highlights from your plan
Petco Park ©
Petco Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

4
nights
Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita ©
Santa Clarita, officially the City of Santa Clarita, is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County, California, and the 24th largest in the state of California. Family-friendly places like Carpinteria State Beach and Stearns Wharf will thrill your kids. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Mission Santa Barbara and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Explore Santa Clarita's surroundings by going to Santa Barbara (Douglas Family Preserve, State Street Underpass, & more) and Buck Owens' Crystal Palace (in Bakersfield). Next up on the itinerary: make a splash at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Clarita trip maker site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Clarita takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Clarita: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Clarita

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Carpinteria State Beach, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Buck Owens' Crystal Palace
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at The Nethercutt Collection and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. We've included these beaches for you: Crystal Cove and Santa Monica Bay. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Christ Cathedral (in Garden Grove), Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum (in Yorba Linda) and Newport Beach (in Newport Beach). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at 26-Mile Bike Path, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, admire the natural beauty at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles holiday planner.

Getting from Santa Clarita to Los Angeles by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Crystal Cove, Christ Cathedral, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Newport Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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