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: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, meet the residents at SeaWorld San Diego, stroll around Balboa Park, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip builder site .

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in April, with highs in San Diego at 71°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, examine the collection at Travel Town, experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. April in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F at night. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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