8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Malibu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Travel Town. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, experience the excitement of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Philadelphia to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. In October, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Philadelphia - with highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

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Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 1st (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica road trip planner.

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect nights in Santa Monica to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium ©
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

1
night
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. On the 2nd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Nicholas Canyon Beach, then examine the collection at Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, and finally walk around Malibu Bluffs Park.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Malibu planning tool .

Drive from Santa Monica to Malibu in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Malibu can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Malibu

Museums Parks Outdoors
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The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa
Malibu Bluffs Park ©
Malibu Bluffs Park

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 3rd (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego. Keep things going the next day: take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Malibu to San Diego by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in San Diego are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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