11 days in Arizona & Chicago's North Shore Itinerary

11 days in Arizona & Chicago's North Shore Itinerary

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11 days in Arizona & Chicago's North Shore Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Sedona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Phoenix
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Evanston
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 22nd (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sedona day trip planning tool .

Chicago to Sedona is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Sedona. While traveling from Chicago, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Sedona, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)

5
nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Yavapai Geology Museum and Nature & Wildlife Tours. On the 26th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along Cape Final Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tonto Trail, and get outside with Bar 10 Ranch Activities.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in March, plan for slightly colder days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 57°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Phoenix.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

2
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then experience rural life at Shamrock Farms. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Phoenix Zoo, then admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden, and then find something for the whole family at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Phoenix trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Phoenix in 4 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March, expect Phoenix to be much warmer, temps between 82°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Evanston.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Shamrock Farms
Highlights from your plan
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Phoenix Zoo ©
Phoenix Zoo
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park ©
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

1
night
Evanston

Evanston ©
Evanston is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States, north of downtown Chicago, bordered by Chicago to the south, Skokie to the west, and Wilmette to the north. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Emily Oaks Nature Center, then take in the exciting artwork at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, then explore the engaging exhibits at Kohl Children's Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Merrick Rose Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Grove, stop by Adagio Teas, then admire all the interesting features of Northwestern University, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baha'i House of Worship, and finally steep yourself in history at Grosse Point Lighthouse.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Evanston online holiday builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Phoenix to Evanston. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to Evanston due to the time zone difference. In March, Evanston is much colder than Phoenix - with highs of 44°F and lows of 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Evanston

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Skokie, Glenview, Baha'i House of Worship
Highlights from your plan
Kohl Children's Museum ©
Kohl Children's Museum
Emily Oaks Nature Center ©
Emily Oaks Nature Center

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