9 days in California, Arizona & Colorado Itinerary

9 days in California, Arizona & Colorado Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Phoenix
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get great views at Twin Peaks, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco travel route builder tool.

Atlanta to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Atlanta in April: highs in San Francisco hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): examine the collection at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles itinerary maker.

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (75°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego travel planning website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In April, daytime highs in San Diego are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. On the 9th (Fri), see the sights as you ascend with Stoneman Climbing Company and then let the river carry you with Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Tours. On your second day here, get interesting insight from Tours and then look for all kinds of wild species at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Phoenix road trip planning website.

You can fly from San Diego to Phoenix in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Phoenix. When traveling from San Diego in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Phoenix: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
Highlights from your plan
Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
Off-Road Tours
Stoneman Climbing Company ©
Stoneman Climbing Company

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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 11th (Sun): take a memorable tour with The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Phoenix to Colorado Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in April; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 60°F and lows reach 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Highlights from your plan
The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure ©
The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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