15 days in San Diego, Phoenix & Las Vegas Itinerary

15 days in San Diego, Phoenix & Las Vegas Itinerary

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San Diego — 4 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Get some cultural insight at USS Midway Museum and Mingei International Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Huntington Beach Art Center (in Huntington Beach), Marconi Automotive Museum (in Tustin) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planning site.

Washington to San Diego is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 61°F in San Diego. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Phoenix.
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Phoenix — 4 nights

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. Get a sense of the local culture at Musical Instrument Museum and Pima Air and Space Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Phoenix: Taliesin West (in Scottsdale), Tucson (Mission San Xavier del Bac & Philabaum Glass Gallery) and Right On Target Clay Guides of AZ (in Gilbert). There's still lots to do: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, shop like a local with Elan Wollitzer Gallery, get engrossed in the history at Heard Museum, and see Off-Road Tours.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Phoenix trip planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Phoenix in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Diego in May, expect nights in Phoenix to be somewhat warmer, around 69°F, while days are much warmer, around 93°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas — 6 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strip and Titanic. Explore Las Vegas' surroundings by going to Hoover Dam (in Boulder City) and Clark County Heritage Museum (in Henderson). And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, try to win big at New York New York Casino, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Las Vegas sightseeing planning tool.

You can fly from Phoenix to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in May; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 87°F and lows reach 64°F. You will leave for home on the 26th (Wed).
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