12 days in Arizona Itinerary

12 days in Arizona Itinerary

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12 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: Syracuse
Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Payson
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Prescott
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Flagstaff
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Chinle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Page
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Syracuse

1
night
Payson

Payson ©
Payson is a town in northern Gila County, Arizona, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): hike along Horton Creek Trail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Payson trip itinerary maker tool .

Syracuse to Payson is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Syracuse to Payson is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Syracuse in September, Payson is a bit warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Prescott.

Things to do in Payson

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trip

Pine
Highlights from your plan
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park ©
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
Ranch At Fossil Creek Llc ©
Ranch At Fossil Creek Llc

1
night
Prescott

Prescott ©
Traditional Western attractions in Prescott include rodeos, wooden whiskey saloons, and quirky independent stores selling unique souvenirs.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the activities along Watson Lake, get engrossed in the history at Sharlot Hall Museum, contemplate the long history of Yavapai County Courthouse Square, then steep yourself in history at Downtown Historic Area, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Lynx Lake Recreation Area.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Prescott trip builder website .

Getting from Payson to Prescott by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Payson in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Prescott, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Prescott

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Watson Lake ©
Watson Lake
Downtown Historic Area ©
Downtown Historic Area
Sharlot Hall Museum ©
Sharlot Hall Museum

2
nights
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Broken Arrow Trail, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then hike along West Fork Oak Creek Trail. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of Northern Arizona, then explore the fascinating underground world of Lava River Cave, and then explore the striking landscape of Coconino National Forest.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Flagstaff road trip planning website .

Drive from Prescott to Flagstaff in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Prescott in September, expect Flagstaff to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Sedona
Highlights from your plan
Broken Arrow Trail ©
Broken Arrow Trail
Lava River Cave ©
Lava River Cave
West Fork Oak Creek Trail ©
West Fork Oak Creek Trail

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get great views at Yaki Point, take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point, then enjoy breathtaking views from Desert View Watchtower, then explore and take pictures at East Rim Drive, and finally take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, and then hike along Rim Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip app .

Getting from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Grand Canyon National Park are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chinle.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yaki Point ©
Yaki Point
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive

2
nights
Chinle

Chinle ©
Chinle is a census-designated place in Apache County, Arizona, United States. On the 30th (Mon), hike along White House Ruins Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Spider Rock, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Hope Arch, then delve into the distant past at White House Ruin, then take in breathtaking views at Canyon del Muerto, and finally take a memorable drive along South Rim Drive.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Chinle route planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Chinle by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. September in Chinle sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Page.

Things to do in Chinle

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Spider Rock ©
Spider Rock
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Hope Arch ©
Hope Arch

3
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 2nd (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun at Gunfighter Canyon, see human ingenuity at work at Glen Canyon Dam Overlook, admire the engineering at Glen Canyon Dam, then explore the activities along The Chains, and finally explore and take pictures at Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Page sightseeing planning website .

Traveling by car from Chinle to Page takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Chinle in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Page, with lows of 51°F. You will leave for home on the 4th (Fri).

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Glen Canyon Dam
Highlights from your plan
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ©
Rainbow Bridge National Monument ©
The Chains ©
The Chains

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