12 days in Los Angeles, Phoenix & San Diego Itinerary

12 days in Los Angeles, Phoenix & San Diego Itinerary

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Los Angeles
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Phoenix
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
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Los Angeles — 1 night

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
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London, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Los Angeles. In December, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the flight to Phoenix.
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Phoenix — 4 nights

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at McDowell Sonoran Preserve and Hole in the Rock. Step out of the city life by going to KOLI Equestrian Center and Tom's Thumb Trailhead. Step out of Phoenix with an excursion to Horseback Riding Tours in Mesa--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get answers to all your questions at Mesa Temple & Visitors' Center, examine the collection at Pueblo Grande Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Phoenix Art Museum.

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You can fly from Los Angeles to Phoenix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Phoenix due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 31st (Fri), you'll travel to San Diego.
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San Diego — 3 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at San Diego Model Railroad Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Pacific Beach. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Del Mar City Beach in Del Mar, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Windansea Beach, discover the deep blue sea with Scuba San Diego Inc, stroll through Children's Pool, and walk around La Jolla Shores Park.

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You can fly from Phoenix to San Diego in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to San Diego due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 2 nights

Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Nethercutt Collection and The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Enjoy Los Angeles some more: admire the masterpieces at The Broad, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Hollywood.

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Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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