8 days in San Diego, Santa Barbara & Los Angeles Itinerary

8 days in San Diego, Santa Barbara & Los Angeles Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 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.
On the 9th (Wed), head off the coast to Coronado Island. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then stroll around La Jolla Shores Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Diego. Traveling from New York City in August, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Coronado Island
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 12th (Sat), do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars and then wander the streets of State Street Underpass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then do a tasting at Carhartt Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Stolpman Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Tercero Wines.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara route planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect little chillier with lows of 60°F in Santa Barbara. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Wineries Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Butterfly Beach
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Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, pause for some photo ops at Guitar Center, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Barbara in August, with highs in Los Angeles at 84°F and lows at 66°F. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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