9 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & Las Vegas Itinerary

9 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & Las Vegas Itinerary

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9 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: San Jose
drive:  3​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
drive:  3​h 30​min
End: San Jose

2
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disney California Adventure Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. It doesn't end there: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Los Angeles vacation planner.

San Jose to Los Angeles is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Jose in May since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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.
Kids will enjoy Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine--about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through La Jolla Cove, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Diego visit planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. May in San Diego sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

3
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Hoover Dam in Boulder City--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas route planner .

Fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam
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Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©
The Strip ©
The Strip

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