15 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & Phoenix Itinerary

15 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & Phoenix Itinerary

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15 days in Los Angeles, San Diego & Phoenix Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Phoenix
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Shanghai

5
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 in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Oak Canyon Nature Center. Head to Montana Avenue and Third Street Promenadefor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles planner .

Beijing, China to Los Angeles is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Beijing to Los Angeles, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Beijing in May, plan for slightly colder days in Los Angeles, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Oak Canyon Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in San Diego are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in San Diego

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter
Spanish Village Art Center ©
Spanish Village Art Center

5
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Musical Instrument Museum and Heard Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and Lake Pleasant Regional Park will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Phoenix: Goldfield Ghost Town (in Apache Junction), Three Mile Wash (in Roosevelt) and Boyce Thompson Arboretum (in Superior). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Desert Botanical Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, take in the history at Old Adobe Mission, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Friendship Garden.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Phoenix holiday maker site .

Fly from San Diego to Phoenix in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Phoenix due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in May: highs in Phoenix hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Three Mile Wash, Feed My Starving Children, Goldfield Ghost Town, Lake Pleasant Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Boyce Thompson Arboretum ©
Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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