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
End: Los Angeles

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Del Mar City Beach and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine), South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad) and Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Diego attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to San Diego. In August, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Moonlight State Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach, Coronado Beach, Del Mar City Beach, Lions, Tigers & Bears
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and finally explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Stahl House, head outdoors with Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple, then see the interesting displays at Skirball Cultural Center, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles vacation planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 66°F. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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