9 days in San Diego, Anaheim & Los Angeles Itinerary

9 days in San Diego, Anaheim & Los Angeles Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California trip itinerary planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

9 days in San Diego, Anaheim & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Anaheim
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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 appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planning tool .

Toronto, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Toronto in May since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): laugh and play at Downtown Disney and then make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park. Keep things going the next day: catch some excitement at Radiator Springs Racers and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Anaheim road trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in May, you will find days in Anaheim are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

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 20th (Wed): explore the engaging exhibits at Travel Town, then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder .

Los Angeles is very close to Anaheim. In May, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

Similar Plans

13 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in San Francisco, Las Vegas & Los Angeles BY A USER FROM CANADA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Los Angeles & San Diego BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Los Angeles BY A USER FROM SWEDEN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 10 days in United States BY A USER FROM CANADA December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Los Angeles & San Francisco BY A USER FROM INDONESIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, teens, culture, outdoors, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in United States BY A USER FROM SWEDEN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 11 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in San Diego BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 12 days in Los Angeles, Anaheim & San Diego BY A USER FROM BRAZIL July, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans