22 days in San Diego, Los Angeles & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

22 days in San Diego, Los Angeles & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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22 days in San Diego, Los Angeles & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Diego
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Olympic Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  18​h
End: London

7
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 outdoors at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove. Get some cultural insight at USS Midway Museum and Mingei International Museum. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, approximately 58 minutes away. Pack the 3rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: stroll through San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at Black's Beach, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Diego day trip app .

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in March, with highs in San Diego at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
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USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Mountains. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Oak Canyon Nature Center & Disneyland Park). The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Olympic Valley.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
Olympic Valley

Olympic Valley ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Tahoe Maritime Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Harbor, and then enjoy the sea views from Lake Tahoe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Squaw Valley Ski Area.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Los Angeles to Olympic Valley. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, expect Olympic Valley to be colder, temps between 11°C and -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Maritime Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sand Harbor ©
Sand Harbor
Lake Tahoe ©
Lake Tahoe

6
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nevada State Museum and Columbia State Historic Park. Escape the urban bustle at Rubicon Trail and Stream Profile Chamber. You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Lake Tahoe: Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport), Columbia Candy Kitchen (in Columbia) and Pinecrest Lake Marina (in Pinecrest). On the 19th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Heavenly Mountain Resort. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, try to win big at Harveys Casino, shop like a local with Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, and soothe aching muscles at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe route planner.

Traveling by car from Olympic Valley to South Lake Tahoe takes 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California), Stateline, Columbia, Genoa Cemetery, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park

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