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Los Angeles to San Diego drive

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  Los Angeles
 Disneyland
 Laguna Beach
 Carlsbad (California)
 La Jolla
driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Los Angeles to San Diego road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Los Angeles to San Diego. If you're planning a road trip to San Diego, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Los Angeles and San Diego. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Los Angeles and San Diego. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in Los Angeles
drive for about 38 minutes

10:38 am  Disneyland
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:38 am
drive for about 32 minutes

12:11 pm  Laguna Beach
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:11 pm
drive for about 47 minutes

1:57 pm  Carlsbad (California)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:57 pm
drive for about 35 minutes

3:32 pm  La Jolla
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:32 pm
drive for about 20 minutes

4:52 pm  arrive in San Diego
stay at Hotel Del Coronado

driving ≈ 3 hours


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Los Angeles to San Diego questions

profile  Beverly from San Luis Obispo asked:
Weekend road trip from LA to San Diego  (8 answers)

profile  Carey asked:
Itineary ideas from San Diego to Los Angeles w/our 2 kids/adults ages 19&21  (2 answers)

profile  J from Bucks County, Pa asked:
Itinerary ideas for San Diego to LA w/our active, wildlife-loving tweens?  (5 answers)


Where should I stop along the way?

Disneyland  (46 mentions)

Laguna Beach  (60 answers)
    Crystal Cove State Park  (10 mentions)
    Balboa Island  (8 mentions)
    Balboa Island  (3 mentions)
    Victoria Beach  (3 mentions)
    Dana Point Harbor  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Laguna Beach:
        Javier's Restaurant - Newport Beach
        Las Brisas
        Cafe Zoolu
        The Beachcomber Cafe
        Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
    hotels around Laguna Beach:
        Montage Laguna Beach
        Surf and Sand Resort
        The Inn at Laguna Beach
        La Casa Del Camino
        Laguna Beach House
    questions about Laguna Beach:
        Where to stay and non-surfing things to do in Laguna Beach
        What is your favorite restaurant in Laguna Beach?

Carlsbad (California)  (30 answers)
    Legoland  (8 mentions)
    Self-Realization Fellowship  (6 mentions)
    Swami's Beach  (5 mentions)
    San Elijo Lagoon  (3 mentions)
    The Flower Fields  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Carlsbad (California):
        Swami's Cafe
        La Costa Resort & Spa
        Vivace
        PAON
        Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse
    hotels around Carlsbad (California):
        Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
        Tamarack Beach Resort

La Jolla  (35 mentions)


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!

profile  Holly from Calgary asked:
Fun for a family with small children (NOT Disneyland!)  (11 answers)

profile  Claudia from asked:
LOCATION  (9 answers)

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

profile  Beverly from San Luis Obispo asked:
Weekend road trip from LA to San Diego  (8 answers)

profile  Liv from Cape Cod asked:
Wondering which beach is better to stay at? Ocean Beach or Mission Beach?  (8 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 Los Angeles drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Los Angeles? Try searching for places within 2 hours of Los Angeles.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Los Angeles to San Diego. Or get a full Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Los Angeles!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 120 miles
driving time of 1 hour, 57 minutes
612 Los Angeles travel answers
60 Laguna Beach travel answers
30 Carlsbad (California) travel answers
256 San Diego travel answers





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