8 days in San Diego, Huntington Beach & Los Angeles Itinerary

8 days in San Diego, Huntington Beach & Los Angeles Itinerary

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8 days in San Diego, Huntington Beach & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Huntington Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Los Angeles
— 3 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: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, explore the activities along Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary maker .

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 changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in April, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 71°F and lows about 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Huntington Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

1
night
Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Huntington State Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then explore the world behind art at Huntington Beach Art Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Huntington Beach trip itinerary website .

You can drive from San Diego to Huntington Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Huntington Beach, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Huntington Beach

Outdoors Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Huntington Beach Art Center ©
Huntington Beach Art Center

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 15th (Wed), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, and then experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Huntington Beach to Los Angeles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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