7 days in Santa Monica, Los Angeles & Philadelphia Itinerary

7 days in Santa Monica, Los Angeles & Philadelphia Itinerary

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7 days in Santa Monica, Los Angeles & Philadelphia Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
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Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Philadelphia
— 1 night
End: Philadelphia

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica attractions planner.

Philadelphia to Santa Monica is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia to Santa Monica, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Philadelphia in August: highs in Santa Monica hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

3
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.
When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately 30 minutes away. Pack the 28th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip planning site .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. Traveling from Santa Monica in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
On the 30th (Fri), browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market, admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, then get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, and finally appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, then take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, and then try to win big at Harrah's Philadelphia.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Philadelphia driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Philadelphia in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trip

Harrah's Philadelphia
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Independence Hall ©
Independence Hall
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Harrah's Philadelphia ©
Harrah's Philadelphia

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