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    Starting Point: San Diego, California

  • Temecula California
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    Discover SoCal’s Wine Country: Temecula, California

  • Joshua Tree, California
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    The Beauty Of California’s Desert: Joshua Tree National Park and The Mojave National Preserve

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    Nevada's Glitz: Viva Las Vegas!

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    A Memorable Drive To The Grand Canyon in Arizona

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    End Of The Road: Flagstaff, Arizona

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    Bonus Leg: A Detour to Sedona

San Diego Road Trip
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Southwest Landscapes

  • Route distance:
    1,185 km
  • Suggested Time:
    1-2 weeks

Sun, desert landscapes and outdoor adventure

California, Nevada and Arizona have always been synonymous with adventure. This part of the United States maintains an aura of unlimited possibilities and untamed wilderness. Experience it for yourself on a road trip that will take you across beautiful beaches, vibrant cities and natural wonders that you can’t find anywhere else. What to bring: A study pair of hiking boots, plenty of water, and camera for all of the beautiful views!

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Stand-up paddleboarding in La Jolla, California
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Ballast Point Brewery in San Diego, California
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Mai Tai Yacht Charter in San Diego, California
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Nighttime in San Diego, California
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Lifeguard stand and Jeep on the beach in San Diego, California
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Torrey Pines in San Diego, California
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Starting Point: San Diego, California

Begin the journey in sunny San Diego, California. Fly into San Diego International Airport — conveniently located near the heart of the city — where you can easily pick up a rental car. There are plenty of pristine beaches to choose from, including the scenic resort town of Coronado, about a 15-minute drive from the city. Spend a day exploring this ocean-side community by biking, soaking up the sun on the public beaches or embarking on a sailing tour. If you’re looking for a place to hang your hat, check in at the Hotel del Coronado, which has offered luxury beachside lodging for more than 125 years. While in San Diego, devote some time to the city’s beloved Balboa Park, where you will find the San Diego Zoo, 15 museums and other attractions. The nation’s largest urban cultural park, the picturesque park is a favorite among locals for not only for its world-class culture, but for its distinctive architecture and open spaces. The internationally acclaimed San Diego zoo houses more than 3,500 animals from all across the globe, as well as over 700,000 exotic plants. A trip to San Diego isn’t complete without a visit to one of the city’s microbreweries; to get a taste for local beer, tag along on a guided brewery tour. For dinner, shopping and nightlife, head to Old Town San Diego or the Gaslamp Quarter.

94 km
1 hour by car
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Temecula California
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Temecula California Crush and Brew
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Temecula California Wine Tours
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Temecula California
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Temecula California
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Temecula California  Wine Tours
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Discover SoCal’s Wine Country: Temecula, California

Kick off the drive east by heading north on Interstate Highway 15 past rolling hills covered in grape vines to Temecula, California. A part of Southern California’s wine country, Temecula is known for its mild climate, its booming wine scene, bed & breakfasts, spas, and restaurants. The area offers about 30 vineyards including the lauded cozy Vindemia Estate Winery, as well as a charming old town with wooden boardwalks and Pechanga, a casino resort.

171 km
2 hours by car
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Joshua Tree, California
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Joshua Tree, California
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Joshua Tree, California
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Joshua Tree, California
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Mojave Route 66
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Joshua Tree, California
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The Beauty Of California’s Desert: Joshua Tree National Park and The Mojave National Preserve

For a change of scenery, get back in the car and head for the arid desert landscape of Joshua Tree National Park. A local favorite, this otherworldly park is named for the native Joshua tree, which dot the landscape amid the varied rock formations. Take a hike in Hidden Valley or head to Joshua Tree Ranch to explore the park on horseback. Bring plenty of water, as temperatures in the desert regularly exceed 35 degrees Celsius in the summer months. After Joshua tree, drive northeast past rolling mountains and prickly cacti to the Mojave National Preserve. The park is home to rolling sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones and canyons, and offers a sense of California’s past like abandoned mines and homes. Grab a map at the Kelso Depot Visitor Center and take in the beautiful Kelso Dunes and the Providence Mountains.

328 km
4 hours by car
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Hoover DAM
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Las Vegas Adventuredome
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