12 days in Tucson, Phoenix & San Francisco Itinerary

12 days in Tucson, Phoenix & San Francisco Itinerary

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12 days in Tucson, Phoenix & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  17​h
1
Tucson
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Phoenix
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Manchester

2
nights
Tucson

Tucson ©
One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, then get great views at Gates Pass, and then get your game on at Will You Escape?.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tucson trip itinerary planner .

Manchester, UK to Tucson is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Manchester to Tucson due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in October, you will find days in Tucson are much warmer (36°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Phoenix.

Things to do in Tucson

Shopping Museums Nature
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Will You Escape? ©
Will You Escape?
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ©
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway ©
Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway

3
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Step out of Phoenix to go to Scottsdale and see Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, browse the exhibits of Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Phoenix tour itinerary site .

Getting from Tucson to Phoenix by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Phoenix when traveling from Tucson in October, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Phoenix

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Scottsdale
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Helicopter Tours

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 16th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, and make a trip to Golden Gate Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

You can fly from Phoenix to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to San Francisco. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Phoenix in October, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Neighborhoods
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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