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

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame and then get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Mission San Juan Capistrano and then immerse yourself in nature at Crystal Cove.

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New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Crystal Cove
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

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.
Borrego Art Institute and Old Town Temecula are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Step out of San Diego to go to Ramona and see Pamo Valley Winery, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village, browse the fresh offerings at Liberty Public Market, see the interesting displays at Timken Museum of Art, and shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

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Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Borrego Art Institute, Pamo Valley Winery, Old Town Temecula
Highlights from your plan
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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