9 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

9 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

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9 days in San Diego & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
End: Los Angeles

6
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Borrego Art Institute and Point Loma. Oceanside Pier and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to The Bird Watcher in Julian (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Seaport Village, view the masterpieces at Africa and Beyond, browse the fresh offerings at Liberty Public Market, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Diego vacation planner .

Los Angeles to San Diego is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. May in San Diego sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

The Bird Watcher, Borrego Art Institute, Oceanside Pier
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Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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.
On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, then revel in the low prices at Camarillo Premium Outlets, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mission San Juan Capistrano, Crystal Cove, Santa Monica Pier, Camarillo Premium Outlets
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Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets

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