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

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.
USS Midway Museum and Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim), Hilbert Museum of California Art (in Orange) and Marconi Automotive Museum (in Tustin). And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego online journey planner.

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. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Washington in May since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Phoenix.
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Phoenix — 4 nights

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. Musical Instrument Museum and Taliesin West are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Tucson (Saint Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, Pima Air and Space Museum, &more). There's much more to do: indulge your senses at Arizona Scenic Tours - Day Tours, get a taste of the local shopping with Old Town Scottsdale, admire the architecture and history at Old Adobe Mission, and admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Phoenix trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from San Diego to Phoenix by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Phoenix is 1 hour. Traveling from San Diego in May, you will find days in Phoenix are warmer (93°F), and nights are a bit warmer (69°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas — 6 nights

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Strip and Titanic. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Las Vegas: Boulder City (Hoover Dam & Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take in panoramic vistas at High Roller, see Off-Road Tours, and try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner.

Getting from Phoenix to Las Vegas by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, Las Vegas is a bit cooler than Phoenix - with highs of 87°F and lows of 64°F. You will leave for home on the 24th (Mon).
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