9 days in San Diego, Carlsbad & Los Angeles Itinerary

9 days in San Diego, Carlsbad & Los Angeles Itinerary

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9 days in San Diego, Carlsbad & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  8​h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
End: Pittsburgh

2
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.
For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary builder site .

Pittsburgh to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Pittsburgh in December, expect San Diego to be much warmer, temps between 68°F and 51°F. You'll set off for San Diego on the 3rd (Thu).

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Tours Parks

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Batiquitos Lagoon, Harbor Beach, Oceanside Pier, and other attractions.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carlsbad driving holiday planning website .

Drive from San Diego to Carlsbad in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 42°F in Carlsbad. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Tue) before leaving for Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Oceanside
Highlights from your plan
Batiquitos Lagoon ©
Batiquitos Lagoon
Oceanside Pier ©
Oceanside Pier
Mission San Luis Rey ©
Mission San Luis Rey

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.
You've added Santa Monica Pier, Griffith Observatory, TCL Chinese Theatres, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carlsbad in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 49°F. You will leave for home on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Tours Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes San Diego Zoo as well as Coronado Ferry Landing. On the 3rd (Thu), meet the residents at San Diego Zoo and then buy something for everyone on your list at Coronado Ferry Landing.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Diego online trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. You will leave for home on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Coronado Ferry Landing
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Coronado Ferry Landing ©
Coronado Ferry Landing

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