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Best of Southern California (Self Drive)
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This is a suggested independent itinerary that you customize. Please select the best flights, hotels, trains, activities, transportation and number of nights in each destination to fit your needs.
Explore California with nearly endless opportunities to experience culture, excitement, and beauty. Combine San Diego ('America's Finest City', famous for its miles of white-sand beaches, amazing weather, zoo and leisure activities), Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, Los Angeles and Pismo Beach (central coast town, with beautiful beach, and a surfing destination and Clam Capital of the World). Travel between cities with your own rental car. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

This 9 night sample itinerary includes:
  • Flight into San Diego and out of Pismo Beach
  • Rental Car for 10 days
  • Hotel for 2 nights in San Diego
  • Hotel for 1 night in Palm Springs
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Joshua Tree National Park
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Los Angeles
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Pismo Beach
  • Driving Time
    San Diego - Palm Springs: 2 hrs. 23 mins. approx.
    Palm Springs - Joshua Tree National Park: 55 mins. approx.
    Joshua Tree National Park - Los Angeles: 2 hrs. 20 mins. approx.
    Los Angeles - Pismo Beach: 3 hrs. 10 mins. approx.


Related Cities:
Los Angeles, CA (40)     San Diego, CA (20)     Palm Springs, CA (5)     Pismo Beach, CA (4)     Joshua Tree National Park, CA (6)    
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1. San Diego, CA
  78 hotels
2. Palm Springs, CA
   (49 hotels)
3. Joshua Tree National Park, CA
   (3 hotels)
4. Los Angeles, CA
   (102 hotels)
5. Pismo Beach, CA
   (11 hotels)
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2 nights in San Diego, CA

Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, San Diego is widely known as `America`s Finest City.` Famous for its miles and miles of white-sand beaches and amazing weather, its great hotels and accommodations, friendly people and a plethora of entertainment, the city offers an abundance of fun attractions for visitors of all ages. San Diego County encompasses 18 incorporated cities and numerous other charming neighborhoods. The most difficult decision to make regarding a vacation to San Diego is determining what to do and see among the region`s vast and diverse offerings. San Diego County promises a truly remarkable vacation experience for everyone.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
The Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, the SeaWorld San Diego, the USS Midway Museum, the La Jolla Cove, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the Old Tow, the Cabrillo National Monument, and so much more!



1 nights in Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs lies on the western edge of the Coachella Valley, within the Colorado Desert. Known throughout the world as the mecca of modernism, Palm Springs enthusiastically embraces and celebrates the mid century modern design aesthetic. It is also known for its hot springs, stylish hotels, golf courses and spas. Maybe it`s the laid-back vibe, the mix of stunning natural features with slick urban offerings, or the fact that it embraces so many different cultures, but there`s something very cool about Greater Palm Springs.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Indian Canyons, the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, the Moorten Botanical Garden, the Mount San Jacinto, the Palm Springs Air Museum, and so much more!



2 nights in Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Joshua Tree National Park is an American national park in southeastern California, east of Los Angeles and San Bernardino, near Palm Springs. It is best known for its iconic flora. The slow-growing Joshua tree, which graces much of the park`s desert ecosystem, is probably the most famous resident of the park. With nearly 800,000 acres of mystical beauty, Joshua Tree National Park is undoubtedly one of the world`s most incredible natural desert treasures. Sweeping, grand in scale and populated by granite monoliths and voluptuous rock and boulder formations, the park offers wonder to eco-travelers, outdoor adventurists, and naturalists.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
The Keys View, the Skull Rock, the Barker Dam, the Coachella Valley Preserve - Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve, the Cholla Cactus Garden, the Ryan Mountain, the Lost Palms Oasis Trail, and so much more!



2 nights in Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nations film and television industry. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. On Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre displays celebrities' hand- and footprints, the Walk of Fame honors thousands of luminaries and vendors sell maps to stars homes.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Peterson Automotive, Natural History Museum, OUE Skyspace Building, Point Dume Hiking Trail, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Disneyland, The Getty Museum, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Pier, Venice Boardwalk, Sunset Strip, and so much more!



2 nights in Pismo Beach, CA

Pismo Beach is known for its wineries, many beaches and for being the Clam Capital of the World. It holds the Clam Festival every October, complete with clam chowder competitions and a clam-themed parade. Dinosaur Caves Park has trails with ocean views and a playground while Chumash Park, with its wetlands, Margo Dodd Park, on a bluff and Monarch Butterfly Grove are also popular hot-spots. Take a leisurely walk on the award-winning boardwalk adjacent to the Pismo pier. Shop at the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets, and be sure to visit the California Welcome Center while there.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Pismo Beach, Margo Dodd Park, Chumash Park, The Clam Festival, Monarch Butterfly Grove, Eldwaylen Ocean Park, and so much more!




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Flexible Itinerary
San Diego, CA
Day 1
Arrive to San Diego, CA
Overnight in San Diego, CA   78 hotels offered
Optional   53 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in San Diego, CA   78 hotels offered
Optional   53 Things to do
Day 3
Departing from San Diego, CA
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Palm Springs, CA
Day 3
Arrive to Palm Springs, CA
Overnight in Palm Springs, CA   49 hotels offered
Optional   8 Things to do
Day 4
Departing from Palm Springs, CA
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Day 4
Arrive to Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Overnight in Joshua Tree National Park, CA   3 hotels offered
Day 5
Overnight in Joshua Tree National Park, CA   3 hotels offered
Day 6
Departing from Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Los Angeles, CA
Day 6
Arrive to Los Angeles, CA
Overnight in Los Angeles, CA   102 hotels offered
Optional   200 Things to do
Day 7
Overnight in Los Angeles, CA   102 hotels offered
Optional   200 Things to do
Day 8
Departing from Los Angeles, CA
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Pismo Beach, CA
Day 8
Arrive to Pismo Beach, CA
Overnight in Pismo Beach, CA   11 hotels offered
Day 9
Overnight in Pismo Beach, CA   11 hotels offered
Day 10
Departing from Pismo Beach, CA

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San Diego, CA Hotels (78 total)
Palm Springs, CA Hotels (49 total)
Joshua Tree National Park, CA Hotels (3 total)
Los Angeles, CA Hotels (102 total)
Pismo Beach, CA Hotels (11 total)


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Tours in San Diego, CA (53 total)
Tours in Palm Springs, CA (8 total)
Tours in Los Angeles, CA (200 total)


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San Diego, CA
Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, San Diego is widely known as `America`s Finest City.` Famous for its miles and miles of white-sand beaches and amazing weather, its great hotels and accommodations, friendly people and a plethora of entertainment, the city offers an abundance of fun attractions for visitors of all ages. San Diego County encompasses 18 incorporated cities and numerous other charming neighborhoods. The most difficult decision to make regarding a vacation to San Diego is determining what to do and see among the region`s vast and diverse offerings. San Diego County promises a truly remarkable vacation experience for everyone.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
The Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, the SeaWorld San Diego, the USS Midway Museum, the La Jolla Cove, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the Old Tow, the Cabrillo National Monument, and so much more!
Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs lies on the western edge of the Coachella Valley, within the Colorado Desert. Known throughout the world as the mecca of modernism, Palm Springs enthusiastically embraces and celebrates the mid century modern design aesthetic. It is also known for its hot springs, stylish hotels, golf courses and spas. Maybe it`s the laid-back vibe, the mix of stunning natural features with slick urban offerings, or the fact that it embraces so many different cultures, but there`s something very cool about Greater Palm Springs.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Indian Canyons, the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, the Moorten Botanical Garden, the Mount San Jacinto, the Palm Springs Air Museum, and so much more!
Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Joshua Tree National Park is an American national park in southeastern California, east of Los Angeles and San Bernardino, near Palm Springs. It is best known for its iconic flora. The slow-growing Joshua tree, which graces much of the park`s desert ecosystem, is probably the most famous resident of the park. With nearly 800,000 acres of mystical beauty, Joshua Tree National Park is undoubtedly one of the world`s most incredible natural desert treasures. Sweeping, grand in scale and populated by granite monoliths and voluptuous rock and boulder formations, the park offers wonder to eco-travelers, outdoor adventurists, and naturalists.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
The Keys View, the Skull Rock, the Barker Dam, the Coachella Valley Preserve - Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve, the Cholla Cactus Garden, the Ryan Mountain, the Lost Palms Oasis Trail, and so much more!
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nations film and television industry. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. On Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre displays celebrities' hand- and footprints, the Walk of Fame honors thousands of luminaries and vendors sell maps to stars homes.

Recommended Stay: At least 3 nights
Must See`s:
Peterson Automotive, Natural History Museum, OUE Skyspace Building, Point Dume Hiking Trail, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Disneyland, The Getty Museum, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Pier, Venice Boardwalk, Sunset Strip, and so much more!
Pismo Beach, CA
Pismo Beach is known for its wineries, many beaches and for being the Clam Capital of the World. It holds the Clam Festival every October, complete with clam chowder competitions and a clam-themed parade. Dinosaur Caves Park has trails with ocean views and a playground while Chumash Park, with its wetlands, Margo Dodd Park, on a bluff and Monarch Butterfly Grove are also popular hot-spots. Take a leisurely walk on the award-winning boardwalk adjacent to the Pismo pier. Shop at the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets, and be sure to visit the California Welcome Center while there.

Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Must See`s:
Pismo Beach, Margo Dodd Park, Chumash Park, The Clam Festival, Monarch Butterfly Grove, Eldwaylen Ocean Park, and so much more!

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