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 a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Hilbert Museum of California Art (in Orange) and Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! & Disneyland Park). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at Mingei International Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

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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, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can 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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musical Instrument Museum and Pima Air and Space Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Phoenix: Taliesin West (in Scottsdale), Right On Target Clay Guides of AZ (in Gilbert) and Tucson (Arizona History Museum & Mission San Xavier del Bac). There's lots more to do: indulge your senses at Arizona Scenic Tours - Day Tours, see Off-Road Tours, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

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Traveling by flight from San Diego to Phoenix takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Phoenix. When traveling from San Diego in May, plan for much hotter days in Phoenix, with highs around 93°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) 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 Pinball Hall of Fame. Venture out of the city with trips to Clark County Heritage Museum (in Henderson) and Boulder City (Winged Figures of the Republic Statues, Hoover Dam, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, examine the collection at The Neon Museum, and try your luck at Casino At The Venetian.

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Getting from Phoenix to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Phoenix to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Phoenix in May, expect Las Vegas to be little chillier, temps between 87°F and 64°F. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Thu).
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