12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Phoenix
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Lake Havasu City
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Sacramento
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town Scottsdale and Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery. We've included these beaches for you: Desert Botanical Garden and Wells Fargo Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Phoenix side-trips: Fountain Hills Artists' Gallery (in Fountain Hills) and Boyce Thompson Arboretum (in Superior). There's more to do: shop like a local with Grey Wolf Gallery.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Phoenix journey planner.

San Francisco to Phoenix is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Phoenix. Expect warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: highs in Phoenix hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Fountain Hills Artists' Gallery, Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery, Boyce Thompson Arboretum
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Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Old Town Scottsdale ©
Old Town Scottsdale
Boyce Thompson Arboretum ©
Boyce Thompson Arboretum

5
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Toroweap Point and Tusayan Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Rim Trail and Hopi House. The adventure continues: trek along South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Powell Point, take in breathtaking views at Havasu Canyon, and explore the activities along Lava Falls.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from Phoenix in May, things will get cooler in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 68°F and lows about 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Lake Havasu City.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

1
night
Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City ©
Lake Havasu City is a city in Mohave County, Arizona, United States. On the 1st (Sat), make a trip to London Bridge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Havasu, and then immerse yourself in nature at Lake Havasu State Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lake Havasu City route builder app .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Lake Havasu City takes 4 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May: high temperatures in Lake Havasu City hover around 94°F and lows are around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Lake Havasu City

Parks Nature
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Lake Havasu State Park ©
Lake Havasu State Park
London Bridge ©
London Bridge
Lake Havasu ©
Lake Havasu

2
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Do your shopping at Modus Operandi Cellars and The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum. Get some cultural insight at California State Railroad Museum and Ladera Vineyards. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sacramento: Honig Vineyard & Winery (in Rutherford), Artesa Vineyards & Winery (in Napa) and St. Helena (Prager Winery & Port Works & Charles Krug Winery). There's still lots to do: stop by Oakville Grocery, see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento, and do a tasting at Bell Wine Cellars.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sacramento trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Lake Havasu City to Sacramento takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Lake Havasu City in June, you will find days in Sacramento are a bit cooler (91°F), and nights are much colder (58°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Sacramento

Wineries Museums Parks

Side Trips

St. Helena, Napa, Oakville Grocery, Honig Vineyard & Winery, Bell Wine Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Artesa Vineyards & Winery ©
Artesa Vineyards & Winery
California State Railroad Museum ©
Old Sacramento Waterfront ©
Old Sacramento Waterfront

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