8 days in San Diego, Catalina Island & Los Angeles Itinerary

8 days in San Diego, Catalina Island & Los Angeles Itinerary

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8 days in San Diego, Catalina Island & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + ferry:  4​h 15​min
2
Avalon
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Calgary

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

Calgary, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Calgary in November, expect San Diego to be warmer, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Avalon.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

South Carlsbad State Beach
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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Avalon

Avalon ©
Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): look for gifts at Afishinados Gallery, take a leisurely stroll along Green Pleasure Pier, then admire the masterpieces at Catalina Island Museum, and finally try your luck at Catalina Island Casino & Avalon Theater. Keep things going the next day: putt your heart out at Golf Gardens Miniature Golf and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Avalon travel route builder site .

Traveling by combination of train, taxi, and ferry from San Diego to Avalon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. Traveling from San Diego in November, you will find days in Avalon are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Avalon

Fun & Games Casinos Museums
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Catalina Island Museum ©
Catalina Island Museum
Golf Gardens Miniature Golf ©
Golf Gardens Miniature Golf

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 30 minutes away. Pack the 23rd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and tram from Avalon to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Avalon in November: highs in Los Angeles hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Walt Disney Concert Hall ©
Walt Disney Concert Hall

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