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Los Angeles to Santee drive

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  Los Angeles
 Laguna Beach
 Carlsbad (California)
 San Diego
   Santee 
driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Los Angeles to Santee road trip planner

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.

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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


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Where should I stop along the way?

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
        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)  (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):
        Swami's Cafe
        La Costa Resort & Spa
        Vivace
        PAON
        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
        Extraordinary Desserts
        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


What are some things to do in Santee?

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:

Old Town San Diego  (16 mentions)
Cowles Mountain  (3 mentions)
La Jolla Shores Beach  (2 mentions)
La Jolla Shores  (2 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!

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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 Santee 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 Santee. Or get a full Los Angeles to Santee 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 124 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 14 minutes
602 Los Angeles travel answers
59 Laguna Beach travel answers
29 Carlsbad (California) travel answers
249 San Diego travel answers
1 Santee travel answer





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