11 days in Arizona Itinerary

11 days in Arizona Itinerary

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11 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  12​h 15​min
1
Phoenix
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Page
— 1 night
Drive:  14​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Arizona State University has been added to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Sat), see human ingenuity at work at Arizona State University, admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then view the masterpieces at Elan Wollitzer Gallery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Phoenix day trip planning app .

San Francisco to Phoenix is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Phoenix, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Phoenix hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Arizona State University
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Holy Cross, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, admire all the interesting features of Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sedona journey planning site .

You can drive from Phoenix to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a shuttle. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in December: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 54°F and lows are around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
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.
On the 27th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Grand Canyon National Park. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take a memorable drive along Point Imperial Drive, trek along Rim Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park tour planning tool .

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sedona in December, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around 15°F, while days are little chillier, around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Page.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

1
night
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.
On the 31st (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Horseshoe Bend, then explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Page itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Page takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, Page is a bit warmer at night with lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon
Horseshoe Bend ©
Horseshoe Bend

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