16 days in San Francisco, Las Vegas & Arizona Itinerary

16 days in San Francisco, Las Vegas & Arizona Itinerary

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16 days in San Francisco, Las Vegas & Arizona Itinerary

Start: Gainesville, Florida
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Williams
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sedona
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Phoenix
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Gainesville, Florida

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castello di Amorosa and Alcatraz Island. Visiting Bodega Head and Miramar Beach will get you outdoors. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Point Reyes Seashore National Park in Point Reyes Station, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and stroll through Baker Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Gainesville to San Francisco is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Gainesville in December, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Miramar Beach, Bodega Head, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

4
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Explore hidden gems such as Valley of Fire State Park and The Neon Museum. The Strip and The Mob Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Pahrump and see Sanders Family Winery, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, and try your luck at Wynn Las Vegas.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas day trip site .

You can fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 39°F in Las Vegas. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Williams.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Sanders Family Winery, Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

1
night
Williams

Williams ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Williams lies on one of the first highways ever built in America, the iconic "Route 66." The town boasts many inns, motels, restaurants, and shops, although its most important feature is serving as the southern terminus of a scenic railway leading to the area's most famous tourist attraction, the World Heritage-listed Grand Canyon.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): look for gifts at Colors of the West, then learn about winemaking at Grand Canyon Wine Company, then look for gifts at Thunder Eagle Native Art, and finally identify plant and animal life at Bearizona Wildlife Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Williams trip planner .

Drive from Las Vegas to Williams in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Williams is 1 hour. In December, Williams is little chillier than Las Vegas - with highs of 43°F and lows of 21°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Williams

Wildlife Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Bearizona Wildlife Park ©
Bearizona Wildlife Park
Grand Canyon Wine Company ©
Grand Canyon Wine Company
Thunder Eagle Native Art ©
Thunder Eagle Native Art

5
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
For shopping fun, head to Absolute Bikes Sedona or The Melting Point. Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock. Go for a jaunt from Sedona to Rimrock to see V-Bar-V Heritage Site about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, admire all the interesting features of Oak Creek Canyon, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Devil's Bridge Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sedona trip planner .

Drive from Williams to Sedona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Sedona is a bit warmer than Williams - with highs of 53°F and lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Absolute Bikes, V-Bar-V Heritage Site
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon
Devil's Bridge Trail ©
Devil's Bridge Trail

1
night
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. On the 2nd (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Phoenix Art Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Heard Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Phoenix route builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sedona to Phoenix in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sedona in January: high temperatures in Phoenix hover around 69°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Heard Museum ©
Heard Museum
Phoenix Art Museum ©
Phoenix Art Museum

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