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Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Los Angeles to Santee. If you're planning a road trip to Santee, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Los Angeles and Santee. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Los Angeles and Santee. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.
10:00 am start in Los Angeles
drive for about 1 hour
11:00 am Laguna Beach
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:00 pm
drive for about 47 minutes
12:47 pm Carlsbad (California)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:47 pm
drive for about 39 minutes
2:26 pm San Diego
stay for about 2 hours
and leave at 4:26 pm
drive for about 24 minutes
4:50 pm arrive in Santee
driving ≈ 3 hours
Laguna Beach (59 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
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) (29 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):
La Costa Resort & Spa
Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse
hotels around Carlsbad (California):
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
Tamarack Beach Resort
San Diego (249 answers)
Balboa Park (40 mentions)
San Diego Zoo (25 mentions)
Mission Beach (25 mentions)
Old Town San Diego (16 mentions)
Ocean Beach (16 mentions)
restaurants around San Diego:
The Prado at Balboa Park
Hash House a-Go-Go
Juniper & Ivy
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
hotels around San Diego:
Hotel Del Coronado
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Glorietta Bay Inn
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego Downtown
questions about San Diego:
Fun for a family with small children (NOT Disneyland!)
Restaurant & activities ideas for couples weekend getaway in San Diego
Weekend road trip from LA to San Diego
Wondering which beach is better to stay at? Ocean Beach or Mission Beach?
1 week 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.
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