16 days in Colorado, Arizona & California Itinerary

16 days in Colorado, Arizona & California Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado, Arizona & California Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  11​h
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Phoenix
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Chicago

1
day
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and finally stop by Downtown Manitou Springs.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs attractions planner.

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in December, you will find days in Colorado Springs are a bit warmer (45°F), and nights are a bit cooler (18°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Downtown Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Canyon Village Marketplace and Lookout Studio. Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and Mather Point. Spend the 30th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's more to do: hike along Rim Trail and steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 11 hours. December in Grand Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 15°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Hermit's Rest ©
Hermit's Rest

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park and then take a stroll through Union Square. On your second day here, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco by combination of bus and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, expect nights in San Francisco to be warmer, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, look for gifts at Bergamot Station, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

Make your Los Angeles itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: highs in Los Angeles hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Bergamot Station
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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.
On the 6th (Sun), stroll through Children's Pool and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. On the next day, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in January, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

3
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours and then take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Phoenix trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Phoenix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Phoenix is 1 hour. Traveling from San Diego in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Phoenix, with lows around 46°F. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Old Town Scottsdale
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Balloon Rides
Heard Museum ©
Heard Museum

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