17 days in Palm Springs, West Hollywood & San Diego Itinerary

17 days in Palm Springs, West Hollywood & San Diego Itinerary

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17 days in Palm Springs, West Hollywood & San Diego Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Palm Springs
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
West Hollywood
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Ottawa

7
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Popular historic sites such as Indian Canyons and Las Palmas are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like South Lykken Trail and Idyllwild Nature Center. Get out of town with these interesting Palm Springs side-trips: Joshua Tree National Park (Ryan Mountain & Barker Dam Trail), March Field Air Museum (in Riverside) and Heaps Peak Arboretum (in Skyforest). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Tennis Club District, hike along North Lykken Trail, stroll through Palm Canyon Trail, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Desert Memorial Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Palm Springs route builder tool .

Ottawa, Canada to Palm Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Ottawa in January: high temperatures in Palm Springs hover around 25°C and lows are around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to West Hollywood.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Joshua Tree National Park, Sam Cobb Farms, Michael S Wolfson Park, Simpson Park
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Simpson Park ©
Simpson Park
Idyllwild Nature Center ©
Idyllwild Nature Center

2
nights
West Hollywood

West Hollywood ©
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. On the 20th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at El Matador State Beach, then take in the awesome beauty at Santa Monica Mountains, and then make a trip to Sunset Plaza. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then explore the striking landscape of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the West Hollywood tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to West Hollywood in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, El Matador State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

6
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 in touch with nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Windansea Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Mormon Battalion Historic Site. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine), Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar) and Old Town Temecula (in Temecula). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach, and walk around La Jolla Shores Park.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego attractions planner .

Traveling by car from West Hollywood to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, Del Mar City Beach, Old Town Temecula, Coronado Beach, Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park

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