8 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

8 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

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8 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  6​h
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Detroit

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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Maritime Museum of San Diego will thrill your kids. Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, learn more about the world around you at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Detroit to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Detroit in December, things will get warmer in San Diego: highs are around 68°F and lows about 51°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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.
On the next day, discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip tool .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. December in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F at night. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disney California Adventure Park
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Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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