16 days in Los Angeles & San Diego Itinerary

16 days in Los Angeles & San Diego Itinerary

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16 days in Los Angeles & San Diego Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 11 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Auckland

11
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Head to Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique and Montana Avenuefor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Tehachapi Mountain Park (in Tehachapi), Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo) and Carpinteria (Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve & Carpinteria State Beach). Have a day of magic on the 10th (Wed) at Disneyland Park. Have a day of magic on the 14th (Sun) at Disney California Adventure Park. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, examine the collection at Mission San Juan Capistrano, look for gifts at Bart's Books, and learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles driving holiday planning tool .

Auckland Central, New Zealand to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Auckland Central to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Auckland Central, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Tehachapi, Carpinteria, Anaheim, Crystal Cove
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano

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.
Get some cultural insight at Point Loma and Oceanside Pier. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seaport Village and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 19th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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