7 days in New Mexico & California Itinerary

7 days in New Mexico & California Itinerary

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7 days in New Mexico & California Itinerary

New York City
Fly:  8​h
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
New York City

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Albuquerque

Albuquerque
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque trip itinerary website .

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Albuquerque is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Childrens Museums Museums
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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.
Get outdoors at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, take in breathtaking views at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

Fly from Albuquerque to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Albuquerque to San Diego, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Albuquerque in December, plan for a bit warmer days in San Diego, with highs around 66°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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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 (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, take in nature's colorful creations at San Francisco Botanical Garden, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey planner.

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in December, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 58°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Filbert Steps ©
Filbert Steps

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