21 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

21 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

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21 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 18 nights
End: Los Angeles

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego sightseeing planner.

Los Angeles to San Diego is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (31°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter
Old Point Loma Lighthouse ©
Old Point Loma Lighthouse

18
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.
For shopping fun, head to Santa Monica Farmers Market or Third Street Promenade. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Venice Canals Walkway. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Bergamot Station, Santa Monica Place, & more), Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). Pack the 17th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Fred Segal, Hermosa Beach Pier, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

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