15 days in California, Arizona & New Mexico Itinerary

15 days in California, Arizona & New Mexico Itinerary

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15 days in California, Arizona & New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Sedona
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h
End: Boston

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and China Beach. Popular historic sites such as Twin Peaks and The Embarcadero are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: B Cellars Vineyards and Winery (in Oakville) and Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (in St. Helena). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of The Castro, stroll through Marshall’s Beach, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco attractions site .

Boston to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Boston to San Francisco. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Step out of the city life by going to San Diego Zoo and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and stroll through Children's Pool.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our San Diego route planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Del Rey Beach, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, then kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, admire the striking features of Chapel of the Holy Cross, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock. On the next day, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, trek along Broken Arrow Trail, and then cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179).

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sedona trip builder tool .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Sedona in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to Sedona, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. September in Sedona sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Broken Arrow Trail ©
Broken Arrow Trail
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross

1
night
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
On the 19th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then take a stroll through Canyon Road, then take in nature's colorful creations at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, and finally wander the streets of Barrio de Analco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and then stroll through Canyon Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Sedona to Santa Fe in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In September, Santa Fe is slightly colder than Sedona - with highs of 80°F and lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Neighborhoods Trails

Side Trip

Cochiti Pueblo
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens ©
Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens

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