9 days in Los Angeles, Long Beach & San Diego Itinerary

9 days in Los Angeles, Long Beach & San Diego Itinerary

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9 days in Los Angeles, Long Beach & San Diego Itinerary

Start: Ocean City
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Bus:  30​min
2
Long Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  10​h 15​min
End: Ocean 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Getty Center and Hollyhock House will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sophia Orthodox Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Avila Adobe, and stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planning site .

Ocean City to Los Angeles is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Ocean City in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 85°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Long Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
nights
Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with The Disney Gallery, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Rosie's Dog Beach. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel and then find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Long Beach trip planner .

Long Beach is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Long Beach

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Anaheim, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel ©
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Lions, Tigers & Bears and then hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

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You can drive from Long Beach to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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