9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Diego
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San Diego
— 1 day
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h
2
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Bus:  5​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: San Diego

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San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Diego travel planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to San Diego. In December, daytime highs in San Diego are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 13th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, admire all the interesting features of Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Oak Creek Canyon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Cross, then explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, and finally look for gifts at Trailhead Tea.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Sedona online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from San Diego to Sedona takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Sedona is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Diego in December: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 54°F and lows are around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Spas

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim and then trek along Bright Angel Trail.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip builder site .

Drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in December, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 15°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 16th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 57°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the activities along Badwater Basin, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, then admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip tool .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, Death Valley National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): walk around Mariposa Grove, don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour planning site .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by combination of car and bus takes about 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, things will get slightly colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 46°F and lows about 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Washburn Point ©
Washburn Point

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (59°F), and nights are much hotter (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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