9 days in San Diego County & Los Angeles County Itinerary

9 days in San Diego County & Los Angeles County Itinerary

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9 days in San Diego County & Los Angeles County Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: New York City

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.
On the 15th (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner .

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Coronado Public Library
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): wander the streets of Carlsbad Village and then get in on the family fun at LEGOLAND California. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carlsbad State Beach, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens.

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You can drive from San Diego to Carlsbad in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Carlsbad can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
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South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, approximately 38 minutes away. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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You can drive from Carlsbad to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood