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: Columbia
Fly:  8​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Columbia

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Avila Adobe. Shop till you drop at Third Street Promenade and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Santa Monica to see Montana Avenue about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, listen to music at Melrose Trading Post, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday planner .

Columbia to Los Angeles is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Columbia in March, with highs in Los Angeles at 74°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Point Loma and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Oceanside Pier and USS Midway Museum. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, get a taste of the local shopping with Seaport Village, and pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego travel route site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 69°F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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