5 days in Arizona, New Mexico & San Diego Itinerary

5 days in Arizona, New Mexico & San Diego Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary planner

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Phoenix
— 1 night
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Phoenix

— 1 night
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore by horseback at KOLI Equestrian Center, take in the exciting artwork at Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Phoenix tour planning tool.

Los Angeles to Phoenix is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. February in Phoenix sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Albuquerque

— 1 night

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): make a trip to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, get interesting insight from Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals, and then have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Albuquerque driving holiday planner.

Fly from Phoenix to Albuquerque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Phoenix in February, you will find days in Albuquerque are slightly colder (57°F), and nights are cooler (31°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Museums

San Diego

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Albuquerque to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Albuquerque to San Diego is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Albuquerque in February, expect nights in San Diego to be much hotter, around 53°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.