9 days in San Diego, Huntington Beach & Los Angeles Itinerary

9 days in San Diego, Huntington Beach & Los Angeles Itinerary

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9 days in San Diego, Huntington Beach & Los Angeles Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Huntington Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Coronado Beach. Visit South Carlsbad State Beach and Moonlight State Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Point Loma, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and kick back and relax at Windansea Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego tour itinerary maker tool .

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in April, things will get somewhat warmer in San Diego: highs are around 71°F and lows about 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Huntington Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

South Carlsbad State Beach, Del Mar City Beach, Lions, Tigers & Bears, Moonlight State Beach, Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach ©
Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California. On the 14th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Victoria Beach, then grab your bike and head to Orange County Coast, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Huntington Dog Beach, and finally take in the waterfront at Huntington Beach Pier. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Treasure Island Beach, then stroll through Table Rock Beach, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with ClueHoo.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Huntington Beach road trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Huntington Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Huntington Beach, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Huntington Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Laguna Beach
Highlights from your plan
Huntington Dog Beach ©
Huntington Dog Beach
Victoria Beach ©
Victoria Beach
Pacific Marine Mammal Center ©
Pacific Marine Mammal Center

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.
On the 16th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Santa Monica Mountains, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Huntington Beach to Los Angeles in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. April in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F at night. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Mountains, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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