8 days in San Diego & California Desert Itinerary

8 days in San Diego & California Desert Itinerary

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8 days in San Diego & California Desert Itinerary

Auckland Central
Fly:  17​h
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Indio
— 1 night
Fly:  20​h 45​min
Auckland Central

4
days
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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, examine the collection at Timken Museum of Art, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego custom trip planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to San Diego is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 20 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in San Diego when traveling from Auckland in January, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Indio.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Niederfrank's Ice Cream
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park

2
days
Indio

Indio is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, located in the Coachella Valley of Southern California's Colorado Desert region. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum and then explore the stunning scenery at Tahquitz Canyon. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Moorten Botanical Garden, then explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons, and then contemplate the long history of Sunnylands.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Indio travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Indio in 2.5 hours. Traveling from San Diego in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Indio, with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Indio

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palm Springs, Sunnylands
Highlights from your plan
Tahquitz Canyon
Sunnylands
Moorten Botanical Garden

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