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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, admire the landmark architecture of Marston House Museum, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our 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. Traveling from New York City to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in April: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 71°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Huntington Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

1
night
Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California. On the 14th (Tue), get interesting insight from Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Huntington State Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Huntington Beach trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Huntington Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Huntington Beach are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Huntington Beach

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from Huntington Beach to Los Angeles in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in April, and nighttime lows around 56°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
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Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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