12 days in Arizona Itinerary

12 days in Arizona Itinerary

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12 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  9​h
1
Prescott
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cottonwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Tombstone
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Tucson
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: Edmonton

2
nights
Prescott

Prescott ©
Traditional Western attractions in Prescott include rodeos, wooden whiskey saloons, and quirky independent stores selling unique souvenirs.
To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Prescott trip planner .

Edmonton, Canada to Prescott is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. In February, Prescott is warmer than Edmonton - with highs of 15°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cottonwood.

Things to do in Prescott

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sharlot Hall Museum ©
Sharlot Hall Museum
Whiskey Row ©
Whiskey Row
Downtown Historic Area ©
Downtown Historic Area

2
nights
Cottonwood

Cottonwood ©
Cottonwood serves as a base for exploring the Verde Valley.
Step off the beaten path and head to V-Bar-V Heritage Site and Montezuma Well. Get outdoors at Broken Arrow Trail and Out of Africa Wildlife Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Historic Old Town Cottonwood, take in breathtaking views at Boynton Canyon Trail, and see a world frozen in time at Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town.

Plan a Cottonwood trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Prescott to Cottonwood takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Prescott in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 3°C in Cottonwood. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Cottonwood

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Sedona, Rimrock, Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town
Highlights from your plan
Montezuma Well ©
Montezuma Well
V-Bar-V Heritage Site ©
V-Bar-V Heritage Site
Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town ©

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.
On the 14th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, then take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point, then steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail and then take some stellar pictures from Mather Point.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park sightseeing tool .

Traveling by car from Cottonwood to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Cottonwood in February; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 11°C and lows reach -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Tombstone.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hopi Point ©
Hopi Point
Hermit's Rest ©
Hermit's Rest
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

1
night
Tombstone

Tombstone ©
Founded in 1877 as a mining camp, Tombstone became one of the most storied towns of the "Wild West." As one of the last frontier boomtowns in the United States, Tombstone prospered between 1880 and 1890, attracting cattle rustlers and outlaws.
On the 17th (Sat), make a trip to Allen Street and then see the interesting displays at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tombstone day trip site .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Tombstone takes 6.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Tombstone: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tucson.

Things to do in Tombstone

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Allen Street ©
Allen Street

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.
Let the collections at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Titan Missile Museum capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures and Pima Air & Space Museum. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at DeGrazia Gallery In the Sun, get great views at Gates Pass, and admire the landmark architecture of Mission San Xavier Del Bac.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tucson trip planning site .

Drive from Tombstone to Tucson in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February, daily temperatures in Tucson can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Titan Missile Museum
Highlights from your plan
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum ©
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ©
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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