18 days in San Diego, Anaheim & Santa Monica Itinerary

18 days in San Diego, Anaheim & Santa Monica Itinerary

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18 days in San Diego, Anaheim & Santa Monica Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Santa Monica
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

5
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.
Bring the kids along to La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Get outdoors at San Diego Zoo and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to San Diego. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in October; daily highs in San Diego reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

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

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 7th (Mon), get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. On your second day here, make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim vacation planning website .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in October: highs in Anaheim hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

8
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.
Shop till you drop at Third Street Promenade and Bergamot Station. Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and Old Mission Santa Barbara are in your itinerary. Explore Santa Monica's surroundings by going to Santa Barbara (State Street Underpass, Stearns Wharf, & more), Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Montana Avenue, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nicholas Canyon Beach, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, and admire the landmark architecture of Shotgun House.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Santa Monica takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and tram. Traveling from Anaheim in October, expect nights in Santa Monica to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 29°C. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Manhattan Beach, Nicholas Canyon Beach
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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