16 days in Los Angeles, Palm Springs & San Diego Itinerary

16 days in Los Angeles, Palm Springs & San Diego Itinerary

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16 days in Los Angeles, Palm Springs & San Diego Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Palm Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Rose Bowl Stadium, Olvera Street, The Last Bookstore, and other attractions. Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Santa Monica State Beach and Will Rogers State Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, steep yourself in history at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Boston to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pasadena, Santa Monica, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

5
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Museum-lovers will appreciate Palm Springs Air Museum and Palm Springs Art Museum. Indian Canyons and Las Palmas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Palm Springs' surroundings by going to Old Town La Quinta (in La Quinta), Temecula (Old Town Temecula & Peltzer Winery) and Palm Desert (The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens & Desert Holocaust Memorial). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at San Jacinto Mountain, stroll around Palm Springs Dog Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at VillageFest, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Theresa Church.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Palm Springs day trip website .

Getting from Los Angeles to Palm Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 107°F to lows of 81°F. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Temecula, Palm Desert, Old Town La Quinta, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park and Balboa Park. Family-friendly places like La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo will thrill your kids.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego vacation maker site .

You can drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Palm Springs in July, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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