22 days in San Diego, Santa Monica & Los Angeles Itinerary

22 days in San Diego, Santa Monica & Los Angeles Itinerary

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22 days in San Diego, Santa Monica & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  16​h
1
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 6 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 9 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Dublin

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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through San Diego Zoo, find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Diego visit planning app .

Dublin, Ireland to San Diego is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Dublin in July, expect San Diego to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Star Park
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

6
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Monica: Santa Barbara (Wine Tours & Tastings, Old Mission Santa Barbara, & more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and get to know the fascinating history of Ocean Avenue.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica journey builder website .

Getting from San Diego to Santa Monica by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Barbara
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

9
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). Pack the 20th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore and take pictures at Dodger Stadium, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles driving holiday planning site .

Los Angeles is very close to Santa Monica. When traveling from Santa Monica in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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