9 days in Los Angeles & San Diego Itinerary

9 days in Los Angeles & San Diego Itinerary

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9 days in Los Angeles & San Diego Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Crystal Cove and Seal Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Nethercutt Collection and Petersen Automotive Museum. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Laguna Beach and see 1,000 Steps Beach, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61, admire the striking features of Bradbury Building, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and take an in-depth tour of Skirball Cultural Center.

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Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Los Angeles. In May, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, Seal Beach, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens
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The Nethercutt Collection ©
The Nethercutt Collection
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum

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.
Get outdoors at Windansea Beach and La Jolla Shores Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, examine the collection at San Diego Air & Space Museum, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego tour planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in San Diego are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lions, Tigers & Bears, Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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