15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Scottsdale
— 1 night
Fly
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Jose
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon South Rim and Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: trek along Rim Trail, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and stop by Canyon Village Marketplace.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park road trip planner.

San Francisco to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, bus, and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 15°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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Scottsdale

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at McDowell Sonoran Preserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Liberty Wildlife.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Scottsdale itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Scottsdale takes 4 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December: high temperatures in Scottsdale hover around 68°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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San Diego

America's Finest City

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Lions, Tigers & Bears. USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: stroll around La Jolla Cove, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, and view the masterpieces at Spanish Village Art Center.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Scottsdale to San Diego takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Scottsdale to San Diego, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to San Jose.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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San Jose

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): delve into the mystery of Winchester Mystery House, then see the interesting displays at The Tech Interactive, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Jose travel app.

Fly from San Diego to San Jose in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in December, expect San Jose to be slightly colder, temps between 61°F and 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Jose

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by AiX. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Santa Cruz online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from San Jose to Santa Cruz by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in December, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and wander the streets of The Castro.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 45°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.