8 days in Los Angeles & San Diego Itinerary

8 days in Los Angeles & San Diego Itinerary

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8 days in Los Angeles & San Diego Itinerary

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

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and Venice Canals Walkway. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel. Venture out of the city with trips to The Wedge (in Newport Beach) and Seal Beach (in Seal Beach). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61, look for gifts at Grand Central Market, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Los Angeles. In August, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 66°F. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, The Wedge, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Seal Beach
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3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Shores Park and Del Mar City Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Windansea Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: stroll through Coronado Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, appreciate the history behind The Unconditional Surrender, and don't miss a visit to Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego tour planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Del Mar City Beach, Moonlight State Beach, Coronado Beach
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Windansea Beach ©
Windansea Beach
Moonlight State Beach ©
Moonlight State Beach

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