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Los Angeles to San Diego via Anaheim

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  Los Angeles
 Anaheim
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 Anaheim. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Los Angeles and Anaheim. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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11:00 am  start in Los Angeles
drive for about 39 minutes

11:39 am  Anaheim
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:39 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:13 pm  arrive in San Diego
stay at Hotel Del Coronado

driving ≈ 2 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?

Anaheim  (36 answers)
    Disneyland  (42 mentions)
    Disney's California Adventure  (11 mentions)
    Knott's Berry Farm  (10 mentions)
    Disneyland Park  (6 mentions)
    Downtown Disney District  (3 mentions)
    restaurants around Anaheim:
        House of Blues
        Roy's Hawaiian Fusion
        Playground
        The Packing House
        Anepalco's Cafe
    hotels around Anaheim:
        Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
        Anabella Hotel
    questions about Anaheim:
        Disneyland Fireworks - best place to see them NOT at the park
        Hotel near Disneyland
        What is your favorite restaurant in Anaheim?
        Anaheim food & drink (for grown-ups)?
        Traveling with teenagers, look for cool places to stay stop along the way.


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.

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 123 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 11 minutes
612 Los Angeles travel answers
36 Anaheim travel answers
256 San Diego travel answers





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