12 days in Reno, Yosemite National Park & Arizona Itinerary

12 days in Reno, Yosemite National Park & Arizona Itinerary

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12 days in Reno, Yosemite National Park & Arizona Itinerary

Start: Reno
1
Reno
— Few hours
drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h
3
Prescott
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Sedona
— 4 nights
Drive:  12​h 45​min
End: Reno

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Reno

Reno
A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Reno trip planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Reno. In December in Reno, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 24°F at night. You will leave for Yosemite National Park on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in Reno

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Little Lakes Valley Trail has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): trek along Little Lakes Valley Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, then don't miss a visit to Valley View, and then trek along Four Mile Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary site .

Take a bus from Reno to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Reno in December, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Prescott.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Little Lakes Valley Trail
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Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome
Valley View ©
Valley View

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Prescott

Prescott ©
Traditional Western attractions in Prescott include rodeos, wooden whiskey saloons, and quirky independent stores selling unique souvenirs.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore by horseback at Lynx Lake Recreation Area, learn about winemaking at Superstition Meadery, then take in the exciting artwork at Newman Gallery, and finally admire the local landmark of Yavapai County Courthouse Square. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Constellation Trails, admire the natural beauty at Community Nature Center Open Space Preserve, then take in the exciting artwork at Arts Prescott Cooperative Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Van Gogh's Ear Gallery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Prescott attractions tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, flight, and shuttle from Yosemite National Park to Prescott takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Yosemite National Park to Prescott is 1 hour. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect Prescott to be a bit warmer, temps between 54°F and 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Prescott

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Constellation Trails ©
Constellation Trails
Yavapai County Courthouse Square ©
Yavapai County Courthouse Square
Superstition Meadery ©
Superstition Meadery

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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 27th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): examine the collection at Kolb Studio, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then make a trip to Powell Point, then take some stellar pictures from Maricopa Point, and finally get great views at Lookout Studio.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Getting from Prescott to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, Grand Canyon National Park is slightly colder than Prescott - with highs of 45°F and lows of 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Powell Point ©
Powell Point
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Popular historic sites such as V-Bar-V Heritage Site and Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park are in your itinerary. Historic Old Town Cottonwood and Chateau Tumbleweed are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Sedona's surroundings by going to Flagstaff (Riordan Mansion State Historic Park & Arizona Snowbowl), Pillsbury Wine Company North (in Cottonwood) and Tuzigoot National Monument (in Clarkdale). It doesn't end there: hike along Doe Mountain Trail and learn about winemaking at Page Springs Cellars.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sedona road trip tool .

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 somewhat warmer days in Sedona, with highs around 54°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Clarkdale, Page Springs Cellars, V-Bar-V Heritage Site
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Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park ©
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park
V-Bar-V Heritage Site ©
V-Bar-V Heritage Site
Doe Mountain Trail ©
Doe Mountain Trail

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