37 days in San Diego, Arizona & Portsmouth Itinerary

37 days in San Diego, Arizona & Portsmouth Itinerary

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37 days in San Diego, Arizona & Portsmouth Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Page
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Chinle
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Cottonwood
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Flagstaff
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
Portsmouth
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
New York City

6
days
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.
Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and San Diego Air & Space Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting La Jolla Shores Park and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Moonlight Beach (in Encinitas) and Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, stroll through Children's Pool, and shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego online route planner .

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to San Diego. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in November, with highs in San Diego at 72°F and lows at 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Page.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Coronado Beach, Carlsbad State Beach, Moonlight Beach
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

5
days
Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Explore hidden gems such as Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Photography Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Rainbow Bridge National Monument and Horseshoe Bend. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with White Pockets, admire the engineering at Glen Canyon Dam Overlook, and take in breathtaking views at Lower Antelope Canyon.

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Getting from San Diego to Page by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Diego in November, things will get little chillier in Page: highs are around 58°F and lows about 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Chinle.

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ©
Rainbow Bridge National Monument ©
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
White Pockets ©
White Pockets

4
days
Chinle

Chinle ©
Chinle is a census-designated place (CDP) in Apache County, Arizona, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyon de Chelly National Monument and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like White House Ruin and Antelope House Ruin. When in Chinle, make a side trip to see Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through White House Ruins Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Spider Rock, and explore the stunning scenery at Canyon del Muerto.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Chinle visit site .

Getting from Page to Chinle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Page in December, plan for little chillier nights in Chinle, with lows around 15°F. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Chinle

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hubbell Trading Post, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
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Canyon de Chelly National Monument ©
Hubbell Trading Post
Hubbell Trading Post
White House Ruin ©
White House Ruin

6
days
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rim Trail and Lookout Studio. Step out of the city life by going to South Kaibab Trail and Helicopter Tours. Step out of Grand Canyon National Park to go to Jacob Lake and see Kaibab National Forest, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. On the 8th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, don't miss a visit to Moran Point, get outside with Shoshone Point, and explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park travel route planner.

Drive from Chinle to Grand Canyon National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, daytime highs in Grand Canyon National Park are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cottonwood.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kaibab National Forest
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Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

5
days
Cottonwood

Cottonwood ©
Cottonwood serves as a base for exploring the Verde Valley.
Shop till you drop at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village and Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Airport Mesa and Red Rock State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Cottonwood side-trips: V-Bar-V Heritage Site (in Rimrock) and Sedona (Devil's Bridge Trail, Oak Creek Canyon, & more). The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, steep yourself in history at Montezuma Castle National Monument, identify plant and animal life at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cottonwood online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Cottonwood takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, expect Cottonwood to be somewhat warmer, temps between 54°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Cottonwood

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Sedona, Camp Verde, Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro, Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery, V-Bar-V Heritage Site
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Devil's Bridge Trail ©
Devil's Bridge Trail
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon
Airport Mesa ©
Airport Mesa

4
days
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Escape the urban bustle at Wupatki National Monument and Walnut Canyon National Monument. Get some historical perspective at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park and Historic Downtown and Railroad District. Change things up with these side-trips from Flagstaff: Standin' on the Corner Park (in Winslow) and Williams (Bearizona Wildlife Park, Thunder Eagle Native Art, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Meteor Crater, explore the striking landscape of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, and look and learn at Lowell Observatory.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Flagstaff trip planner .

Getting from Cottonwood to Flagstaff by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cottonwood in December: high temperatures in Flagstaff hover around 42°F and lows are around 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Portsmouth.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Williams, Standin' on the Corner Park
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Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Meteor Crater ©
Meteor Crater
Bearizona Wildlife Park ©
Bearizona Wildlife Park

5
days
Portsmouth

Portsmouth ©
Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. Popular historic sites such as Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse and Strawbery Banke Museum are in your itinerary. We've included these beaches for you: Wells Beach and Popham Beach State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Portsmouth: Portland Head Light (in Cape Elizabeth), Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge (in Wells) and Portland (Portland Museum of Art & Maine Mead Works). The adventure continues: revel in the low prices at L.L. Bean Factory Store, get to know the fascinating history of Mount Agamenticus, kick back and relax at Short Sands Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Sands Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Portsmouth online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Flagstaff to Portsmouth takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Flagstaff to Portsmouth due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Flagstaff in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Portsmouth, with lows of 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

York, Wells, Kittery, Portland, York Beach
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Wells Beach ©
Wells Beach
Portland Head Light ©
Portland Head Light
Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse ©
Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse

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