10 days in Reno, Phoenix & San Diego Itinerary

10 days in Reno, Phoenix & San Diego Itinerary

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San Diego
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Reno — 2 nights

Biggest Little City in the World

A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
On the 7th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Gatekeeper's Museum, then stroll through Stateline Lookout, and then hike along Tompkins Memorial Trail. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Five Lakes Creek Trailhead, stroll through Truckee River Bike Trail, and then hike along Eagle Rock Hiking Trail.

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Knoxville to Reno is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Knoxville to Reno is minus 3 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Reno when traveling from Knoxville in October, with lows around 41°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Sun) before leaving for Phoenix.
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Phoenix — 2 nights

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. On the 9th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then explore by horseback at KOLI Equestrian Center.

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You can fly from Reno to Phoenix in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Reno in October, expect nights in Phoenix to be much hotter, around 67°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 91°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly to San Diego.
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San Diego — 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and SeaWorld San Diego will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and explore the world behind art at San Diego Museum of Art.

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Traveling by flight from Phoenix to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to San Diego is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Phoenix in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 64°F at night. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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