10 days in Los Angeles, Laguna Beach & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

10 days in Los Angeles, Laguna Beach & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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10 days in Los Angeles, Laguna Beach & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly:  7​h
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Laguna Beach
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Truckee
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

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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.
Head to Camarillo Premium Outlets and The Grovefor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Getty Center The Publications and Santa Monica Pier. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Prime Desert Woodland Preserve (in Lancaster), Devil's Punchbowl (in Pearblossom) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary, buy something for everyone on your list at Third Street Promenade, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday planning tool .

New Orleans to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New Orleans to Los Angeles. When traveling from New Orleans in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area and Nature Center, Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary, Prime Desert Woodland Preserve, Camarillo Premium Outlets
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town Temecula and Wiens Family Cellars. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Carlsbad State Beach and Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. Explore Laguna Beach's surroundings by going to Swami's Beach (in Encinitas) and Temecula (Temecula Olive Oil Company & Vindemia Vineyards & Winery). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at San Clemente State Beach.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Laguna Beach online holiday maker .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Laguna Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in January, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Temecula, South Carlsbad State Beach, San Clemente State Beach, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological, Swami's Beach
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Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
Swami's Beach ©
Swami's Beach

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Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. On the 12th (Fri), glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Donner and then stop by Cabela's. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Alpine Meadows.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Laguna Beach to Truckee. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Laguna Beach in January; daily highs in Truckee reach 41°F and lows reach 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Cabela's, Alpine Meadows, Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, Sand Harbor
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Alpine Meadows ©
Alpine Meadows
Cabela's ©
Cabela's
Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society ©

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