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: San Diego
1
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: San Diego

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. Get some cultural insight at USS Midway Museum and Marston House Museum. Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, admire all the interesting features of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, steep yourself in history at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Diego holiday planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to San Diego. March in San Diego sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Lions, Tigers & Bears, Oceanside Pier
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USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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 25th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and finally get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Santa Monica Mountains, then get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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