8 days in San Diego & Phoenix Itinerary

8 days in San Diego & Phoenix Itinerary

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8 days in San Diego & Phoenix Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Phoenix
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and La Jolla Cove. Pack the 9th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego journey planner .

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Diego is minus 3 hours. When traveling from New York City in March, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

3
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. On the 12th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then do a tasting at Aridus Wine Company. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Boyce Thompson Arboretum and then take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Phoenix trip itinerary site .

Fly from San Diego to Phoenix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Phoenix. Traveling from San Diego in March, you will find days in Phoenix are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Desert Breeze Park, Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Boyce Thompson Arboretum ©
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden

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