38 days in Los Angeles, Santa Monica & Santa Ana Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 22 nights
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Santa Monica
— 7 nights
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Santa Ana
— 8 nights
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Los Angeles — 22 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: La Jolla (Ellen Browning Scripps Park, Cuvier Park - The Wedding Bowl, &more), San Diego (Coronado Bridge, Timken Museum of Art, &more) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Soarin' Around The World, &more). Pack the 2nd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles itinerary planner.

Cartagena, Colombia to Los Angeles is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Cartagena to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Cartagena in October; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.
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Santa Monica — 7 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Monica: Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita), Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation (in Beverly Hills) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, cruise along Mulholland Drive, and enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Santa Monica trip maker app.

Santa Monica is just a short distance from Los Angeles. In November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Santa Ana.
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Santa Ana — 8 nights

Santa Ana is the county seat and second most populous city in Orange County, California. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Ana: San Clemente (Sea Summit Trail & San Clemente Pier), Dana Point (Bluff Top Trail, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more) and Belmont Shore (in Long Beach). There's still lots to do: walk around Heisler Park, relax in the rural setting at Tanaka Farms, take in the waterfront at Huntington Beach Pier, and steep yourself in history at Kellogg House.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Ana road trip planning website.

Drive from Santa Monica to Santa Ana in an hour. November in Santa Ana sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
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