12 days in Arizona Itinerary

12 days in Arizona Itinerary

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12 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Page
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Tucson
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: Washington DC

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, then explore the activities along Lake Powell, and then enjoy some diversion at Gunfighter Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Horseshoe Bend, explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon, and then explore the striking landscape at Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Page vacation planning website .

Washington DC to Page is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Page, with lows of 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ©
Rainbow Bridge National Monument ©
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Lake Powell ©
Lake Powell

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon South Rim and South Kaibab Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mather Point and Hopi Point. There's still lots to do: stroll through Rim Trail, don't miss a visit to Pipe Creek Vista, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, and hike along Bright Angel Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park visit planner .

You can drive from Page to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Page in December, expect little chillier with lows of 15°F in Grand Canyon National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wupatki National Monument and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like West of the Moon Gallery and Village Gallery of Local Artists. There's still lots to do: hike along Broken Arrow Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at West Fork Oak Creek Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Boynton Canyon Trail, and immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock State Park.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sedona visit planner .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Sedona, with highs around 54°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tucson.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Flagstaff
Highlights from your plan
Wupatki National Monument ©
Wupatki National Monument
Broken Arrow Trail ©
Broken Arrow Trail
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Tucson

Tucson ©
One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the world behind art at San Pedro Valley Arts & Historical Society and then Head underground at Kartchner Caverns State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Titan Missile Museum, then take in the history at Mission San Xavier del Bac, and then examine the collection at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tucson online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Sedona to Tucson in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Sedona in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Tucson, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Benson, Titan Missile Museum, Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Kartchner Caverns State Park ©
Kartchner Caverns State Park
Titan Missile Museum ©
Titan Missile Museum

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