15 days in Santa Monica, Los Angeles & Anaheim Itinerary

15 days in Santa Monica, Los Angeles & Anaheim Itinerary

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15 days in Santa Monica, Los Angeles & Anaheim Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + bus:  14​h 15​min
1
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
train:  30​min
3
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: London

5
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Take a break from the city and head to Santa Monica Beach and Zuma Beach. For shopping fun, head to Third Street Promenade or Magicopolis. Venture out of the city with trips to Paradise Cove (in Malibu), Bart's Books (in Ojai) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, shop like a local with Montana Avenue, browse the collection at Santa Monica Public Library, and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santa Monica trip planner.

London, UK to Santa Monica is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Santa Monica. Traveling from London in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Santa Monica. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Malibu, Hermosa Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach, Bart's Books, Camarillo Premium Outlets
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Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach

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.
Kids will enjoy The Grove and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. For shopping fun, head to Amoeba Music or Studio City Farmers Market. Pack the 10th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post, look for gifts at Grand Central Market, and explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Monica in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Theme Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Grove ©
The Grove
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Do your shopping at Anaheim GardenWalk and The Packing House. Bring the kids along to Disney California Adventure Park and Downtown Disney. Have a day of magic on the 15th (Wed) at Disneyland Park. There's more to do: get your game on at Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Anaheim itinerary builder.

Anaheim is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. August in Anaheim sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Shopping Fun & Games
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

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