9 days in Phoenix, San Diego & Coronado Itinerary

9 days in Phoenix, San Diego & Coronado Itinerary

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9 days in Phoenix, San Diego & Coronado Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
1
Phoenix
— 2 nights
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
Coronado
— 2 nights
End: Phoenix

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Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Balloon Rides. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Camelback Mountain, take an in-depth tour of Heard Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Hole in the Rock, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Phoenix road trip planning site .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Phoenix. In October, daily temperatures in Phoenix can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Phoenix

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Camelback Mountain ©
Camelback Mountain
Children’s Museum of Phoenix ©
Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Balloon Rides

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as La Jolla Shores Park and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, enjoy the sand and surf at Windansea Beach, and get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego journey planning site .

You can fly from Phoenix to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Phoenix in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Coronado.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Coronado

Coronado ©
Coronado is a resort city located in San Diego County, California, across the San Diego Bay from downtown San Diego. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Dog Beach, and then stroll around Glorietta Bay Park. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along The Silver Strand Nature's Bridge to Discovery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Silver Strand State Beach, and then step off the mainland to explore Coronado Island.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Coronado trip planning tool .

Coronado is very close to San Diego. October in Coronado sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Coronado

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Coronado Island ©
Coronado Island
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Silver Strand State Beach ©
Silver Strand State Beach

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