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: Columbus
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Columbus

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Attractions like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

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Columbus to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Columbus to San Diego. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Columbus in March: highs in San Diego hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Kids will enjoy The Grove and Disneyland Park. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Montana Avenue). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Hammer Museum, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, browse the eclectic array of goods at Flower Market, and take in the exciting artwork at Annenberg Space for Photography.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel route builder app .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In March in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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