15 days in California & Arizona Itinerary

15 days in California & Arizona Itinerary

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15 days in California & Arizona Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
3
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Tucson
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  33​h
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to San Francisco is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to San Francisco is minus 13 hours. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, you will find days in San Francisco are colder (17°C), and nights are little chillier (8°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, stroll through North Dome, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around -11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and finally admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Santa Monica day trip tool .

Do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In December, Santa Monica is much warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December in San Diego, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tucson.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Wed), examine the collection at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and then explore the striking landscape at Tumamoc Hill.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tucson journey planning site .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Tucson takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Tucson due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Diego in December since evenings lows in Tucson dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Tucson

Shopping Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ©
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Tumamoc Hill ©
Tumamoc Hill

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.
Bright Angel History Room and Kolb Studio will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Canyon Village Marketplace and Verkamp's Curios. Spend the 28th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum, take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point, and take in a show at Hopi House.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Tucson to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Tucson in December, things will get cooler in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 8°C and lows about -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hopi Point ©
Hopi Point

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