11 days in Monument Valley & Phoenix Itinerary

11 days in Monument Valley & Phoenix Itinerary

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11 days in Monument Valley & Phoenix Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + Drive:  12​h 30​min
1
Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Phoenix
— 8 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildcat Trail, and then examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Moki Dugway, explore and take pictures at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Monument Valley day trip planning app .

New York City to Monument Valley is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Monument Valley is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get a bit cooler in Monument Valley: highs are around 41°F and lows about 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Moki Dugway
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Wildcat Trail ©
Wildcat Trail
Horseback Riding Tours

8
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musical Instrument Museum and Goldfield Ghost Town. Get some historical perspective at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and Strawberry School House. Change things up with these side-trips from Phoenix: Florence (St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery & The Windmill Winery), Prescott (Whiskey Row & Downtown Historic Area) and St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church (in Gilbert). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at Heard Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pioneer and Military Memorial Park, and wander the streets of Old Town Scottsdale.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Phoenix route planner .

Drive from Monument Valley to Phoenix in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Monument Valley in December, expect Phoenix to be much hotter, temps between 68°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Prescott, Mesa, Florence, Fossil Springs Trail Head
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Heard Museum ©
Heard Museum
Old Town Scottsdale ©
Old Town Scottsdale

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