12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  21​h
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Phoenix
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Montreal

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Powell Point, and then see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Rim Trail, then take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive, and then take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip generator.

Montreal, Canada to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Grand Canyon National Park is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Montreal in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 7°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive

few
hours
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Desert Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, and then steep yourself in history at Wrigley Mansion.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Phoenix vacation builder.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Phoenix in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December: high temperatures in Phoenix hover around 22°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
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Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Wrigley Mansion ©
Wrigley Mansion

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Oceanside Pier. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Midway Museum and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, explore the striking landscape at Point Loma, enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and don't miss a visit to Seaport Village.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego vacation planner.

Fly from Phoenix to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Phoenix in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, then examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, then stop by The Original Farmers Market, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area ©
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Miramar Beach, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Miramar Beach
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Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

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