5 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

5 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

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5 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas
Drive:  5​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Las Vegas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): walk around La Jolla Shores Park, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego driving holiday planner .

Las Vegas to San Diego is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, you will find days in San Diego are much colder (78°F), and nights are a bit cooler (68°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Old Point Loma Lighthouse ©
Old Point Loma Lighthouse

2
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 hidden gems such as Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61 and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Seal Beach (in Seal Beach) and Newport Beach (in Newport Beach). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the striking features of Bradbury Building, enjoy some diversion at California Science Center, and stroll the grounds of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel site .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Seal Beach, Newport Beach, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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