Travel from Anaheim to San Diego

Jul 17th, 2015, 01:04 PM
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Travel from Anaheim to San Diego

We are traveling from Anaheim to San Diego in September, we have two daughters aged 9 and 11 and want to stop along the way taking in the sights. What beaches / attractions etc are there on the way that we should stop at? Happy to take our time as there is no hurry to get to San Diego but don't want to venture to far out of the way. Thanks, getting excited now.
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Jul 17th, 2015, 03:39 PM
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They're only a couple of hours apart. Anaheim has the Disney properties and Knott's Berry Farm. La Jolla is up the coast from San Diego and is a nice beach. San Diego has Ocean, Mission, Pacific Beaches and various attractions (eponymous zoo, Sea World, many others that you'd expect in a 1,000,000-person town, etc).
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Jul 17th, 2015, 04:32 PM
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How many days are you spending in Anaheim and how many in SD?

Unless you have generous time - enough to do all you want in Anaheim (Disney, Knott's, maybe a beach) and and in San Diego (tons of stuff) . . . I'd just drive straight from one to the other.
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Jul 18th, 2015, 10:31 AM
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Here are my recommendations for your trip from Anaheim to San Diego. I do not need to know many days you are planning for Anaheim and San Diego.
And it's clear from your post that you are not in a hurry. So:

1. Visit Mission San Juan Capistrano. Here's their web page.

http://www.missionsjc.com

All California 4th graders study the missions as part of their standard curriculum, and are encouraged to visit one if at all possible. Easy to do for most kids, since there are 21 missions, spaced about one day apart (by horseback) from San Diego to somewhere around San Francisco.

You will benefit by boning up on the missions on Wikipedia.

Take the self guided audio tour. There are 2, one for adults and 1 for children, slanted toward (surprise) 4th graders. There is a link on their web site to the audio tour. You can listen to it, accompanied by still pictures.

Figure on a couple of hours, maybe a bit more.

I have 3 more suggestions, which I will post subsequently.
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Jul 18th, 2015, 10:36 AM
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>>I do not need to know many days you are planning for Anaheim and San Diego.
And it's clear from your post that you are not in a hurry.<<

Of course there are things to see between the two . . . but the OP gave us no context. By taking their time do they mean all day . . . or several days.
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Jul 18th, 2015, 12:55 PM
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Our kids enjoyed Mission San Juan Capistrano and we had a childrens' book about it.
Also, you can stop in Carlsbad if your kids are interested in Legoland.
In La Jolla, they can see the sea lions by the La Jolla Cove.
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Jul 18th, 2015, 01:50 PM
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Thanks, Sorry I wasn't very clear with what I was after. We have a week in Anaheim to do all the attractions etc and we have 3 days in San Diego before heading to Hawaii for a week. What I was after was the day trip between Anaheim and San Diego, what beaches should we stop at along the way? Are there any attractions (not theme parks as would have done plenty in Anaheim) that we should stop and see. Are there any little tourist attractions that are amazing but won'N feature on the main brochures etc that I have. Coming from new Zealand the scenery will be quite different to what we are used to. Will be looking into Mission san Juan Capistrano, thanks for all your answers.
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Jul 18th, 2015, 02:26 PM
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Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, etc, It's all very urban nowadays as is Anaheim and the San Diego area.
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Jul 18th, 2015, 03:47 PM
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i would do the mission and go to laguna beach. then either head to san diego on the fwy or, at oceanside, get back on the coast highway and take that down to san diego. if you have time (which i doubt), you could take a walk through torry pines state park.
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Jul 18th, 2015, 05:39 PM
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I've made this drive a few times while on vacation. I've done all of the above suggestions including stopping in Laguna Beach for lunch at Nick's, Mission San Juan Capistrano and the walk at Torrey Pines. La Jolla is a nice stop, but I was there this weekend and the sea lions were stinky. My young adult kids did enjoy kayaking though.
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