11 days in Los Angeles & Dana Point Itinerary

11 days in Los Angeles & Dana Point Itinerary

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11 days in Los Angeles & Dana Point Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Dana Point
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

7
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.
Walt Disney Concert Hall has been added to your itinerary. Griffith Observatory and Hammer Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Santa Monica Farmers Market and Montana Avenue. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim), Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). Pack the 27th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, and shop like a local with Annenberg Space for Photography.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip planning website .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
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Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
Hammer Museum ©
Hammer Museum

3
nights
Dana Point

Dana Point is a city located in southern Orange County, California. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Dana Strands Beach, take in the waterfront at Dana Point Harbor, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Mission San Juan Capistrano, kick back and relax at South Carlsbad State Beach, and then appreciate the history behind The Hide Drogher.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dana Point day trip website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Dana Point takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Dana Point, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Dana Point

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mission San Juan Capistrano, South Carlsbad State Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach

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