15 days in Arizona, Los Angeles & Seattle Itinerary

15 days in Arizona, Los Angeles & Seattle Itinerary

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15 days in Arizona, Los Angeles & Seattle Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Phoenix
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Houston

1
night
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Franciscan Renewal Center and then admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then see the interesting displays at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Phoenix sightseeing planner.

Houston to Phoenix is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Phoenix is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in December, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Franciscan Renewal Center
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden

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.
On the 28th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, make a trip to Grand Canyon Village, get great views at Powell Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at North Kaibab Trail.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online trip builder .

You can drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park in 4 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Phoenix in December, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 45°F and lows at 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 2nd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and admire all the interesting features of Staples Center.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles is minus 1 hour. In January, Los Angeles is much hotter than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a taste of the local shopping with Chihuly Garden and Glass, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, make a trip to Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle vacation planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Seattle in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in January: highs in Seattle hover around 48°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Parks
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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