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Anaheim to San Diego drive

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Anaheim to San Diego road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Anaheim to San Diego. If you're planning a road trip to San Diego, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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9:00 am  start in Anaheim
drive for about 16 minutes

9:16 am  Orange County
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 10:16 am
drive for about 24 minutes

10:40 am  Mission Viejo
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:40 am
drive for about 23 minutes

12:03 pm  San Clemente
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:03 pm
drive for about 17 minutes

1:20 pm  San Onofre State Beach
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:20 pm
drive for about 25 minutes

2:45 pm  Oceanside
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:45 pm
drive for about 42 minutes

4:27 pm  Del Mar
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:27 pm
drive for about 20 minutes

5:47 pm  La Jolla
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 6:47 pm
drive for about 20 minutes

7:07 pm  arrive in San Diego
eat at The Prado at Balboa Park
stay at Hotel Del Coronado

driving ≈ 3 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Anaheim, California.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.

How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.

Where should I stop along the way?

Orange County  (22 mentions)
    questions about Orange County:
        Best new restaurants in Orange County?
        Best area to stay in OC for Disney and the beach?
        Best shopping in Orange County?
        Free or inexpensive things to do in Orange County?
        Places to host a large group brunch in OC?
Mission Viejo  (2 answers)
    questions about Mission Viejo:
        Best free things to do in Mission Viejo?
San Clemente  (6 answers)
    Dana Point Harbor  (2 mentions)
    hotels around San Clemente:
        The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
    questions about San Clemente:
        Best free things to do in San Clemente?
San Onofre State Beach  (3 mentions)
Oceanside  (8 answers)
    Legoland  (8 mentions)
    The Flower Fields  (3 mentions)
    Mother Earth Brew Co  (2 mentions)
    Carlsbad Premium Outlets  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Oceanside:
        Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse
    hotels around Oceanside:
        Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
        Tamarack Beach Resort
Del Mar  (25 answers)
    La Jolla  (38 mentions)
    La Jolla Cove  (29 mentions)
    Torrey Pines State Park  (16 mentions)
    Black's Beach  (6 mentions)
    Self-Realization Fellowship  (6 mentions)
    restaurants around Del Mar:
        George's At The Cove
        Swami's Cafe
        Eddie V's - La Jolla
        George's Ocean Terrace
    hotels around Del Mar:
        La Valencia Hotel
        The Grand Del Mar
        L'Auberge Del Mar
        The Lodge at Torrey Pines
La Jolla  (29 answers)
    La Jolla  (38 mentions)
    La Jolla Cove  (29 mentions)
    Mission Beach  (25 mentions)
    Ocean Beach  (16 mentions)
    Torrey Pines State Park  (16 mentions)
    restaurants around La Jolla:
        George's At The Cove
        Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
        Phil's BBQ
        Green Flash Brewing Company
        Ortega‚Äôs, a Mexican Bistro
    hotels around La Jolla:
        La Valencia Hotel
        The Grand Del Mar
        L'Auberge Del Mar
        The Lodge at Torrey Pines
    questions about La Jolla:
        What are the must-do activities in the area?

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is San Diego, California.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.

Where's the best place to stay in San Diego?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in San Diego.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel Del Coronado, which was mentioned 28 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Glorietta Bay Inn  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in San Diego? Click the blue button below.

Where's the best place to eat in San Diego?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Prado at Balboa Park, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Hash House a-Go-Go  (10 mentions)
Extraordinary Desserts  (6 mentions)
Juniper & Ivy  (5 mentions)
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery  (5 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in San Diego? Click the blue button below.

What are some things to do in San Diego?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Balboa Park  (40 mentions)
San Diego Zoo  (25 mentions)
Mission Beach  (25 mentions)
Old Town San Diego  (16 mentions)
Ocean Beach  (16 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about San Diego. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

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profile  Liv from Cape Cod asked:
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profile  Lily from Los Angeles asked:
Restaurant & activities ideas for couples weekend getaway in San Diego  (8 answers)

profile  Kenneth from Portland asked:
Best burritos in San Diego?  (7 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to San Diego.

Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a San Diego to Anaheim drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Anaheim to San Diego. Or get a full Anaheim to San Diego flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Anaheim well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Anaheim!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 96 miles
driving time of 1 hour, 33 minutes
33 Anaheim travel answers
2 Mission Viejo travel answers
6 San Clemente travel answers
8 Oceanside travel answers
25 Del Mar travel answers
29 La Jolla travel answers
217 San Diego travel answers

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