Western USA

San Diego

Self-drive California

A scenic coastal route
Approx. 12 days
San Francisco (3 days) → Monterey Peninsula (3) → Los Angeles (1) → Las Vegas (2) → Grand Canyon (1) → San Diego (2)
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Things to do in San Diego

Our recommended experiences and activities

Entertainment parks in San Diego
San Diego

Entertainment parks in San Diego

A two hour drive south from L.A. is San Diego, the second largest city in California, which is renowned for its entertainment parks, including Sea World, San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, the latter of which boasts some stunning historic buildings and green spaces. Leave some time to relax on some of California’s most beautiful palm-lined beaches.

A spot of shopping in the Seaport Village
San Diego

A spot of shopping in the Seaport Village

Seaport Village, on the waterfront of downtown San Diego, is a recreation of a historic harbour with meandering walkways that take you to its 70 shops, galleries, and eateries spread across 14 acres.

Enjoy the ride from Las Vegas to San Diego
San Diego

Enjoy the ride from Las Vegas to San Diego

Driving south past Lake Elsinore you will reach the town of Temecula with its rolling hills and vineyards before ending your 336 mile drive in San Diego—the perfect place to relax in the sunshine.

Where to go in Western USA

Our recommended places

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