It's about 120 miles between Los Angeles and San Diego. The best route to take will be I-5 which follows the Pacific coast once one gets south of Dana Point. From LAX take I-405 west to I-105 and follow the signs to I-5. From downtown, follow I-5 all the way. There will be several theme parks along this route: Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland. These parks need at least one day to see all they have to offer. So, plan ahead and make sure you stop for an adventure.
Next up is the Santa Ana Zoo; located near the intersection of I-5 and Hwy. 55. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the prices start at $10/adult and $7/children. Stop by and visit over 350 animals at this wonderful zoo.
At this point, the highway curves west and heads toward the coast. One is now following I-5 along the Pacific coast toward San Diego. Beautiful seascapes and vistas come into view.
Another route one can take is from LAX via Hwy. 1, the coastal highway; follow it south. This road follows the coast and goes through the quaint little beach towns with shops, boutiques, restaurants, exciting night life and more. Hwy. 1 will converge with I-5 at Dana Point.
Yet a third route is possible. Take Hwy. 91 to I-15 and head south at Corona. This route will take one through wine country. Many vineyards are open for tastings all along the way. Some of the names to look for include Belle Marie Winery, BK Cellars Urban Winery, Bernardo Winery and more. If one enjoys the fruit of the vine, this is the route to take.
You have arrived in San Diego. Where do you begin? First one will need a place to stay. San Diego has some of the finest hotels and resorts to be seen. Brands such as Hilton, Marriott, and Hyatt can all be found in San Diego. For the more budget conscious there are hotels such as Rodeway and Econolodge. On the coastal side of the city there are several resorts available, many with seaside access. There are also a handful of bed and breakfasts, many with beach views and access.
From seafood to steaks, bakeries to bistros, ethnic to eclectic there will be a restaurant that satisfies every palate. Photo: Iriana Shiyan/Fotolia
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