12 days in Arizona Itinerary

12 days in Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arizona Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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Phoenix
— 4 nights
Drive
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Flagstaff
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sedona
— 2 nights
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Phoenix

— 4 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Casa Grande Ruins National Monument will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Desert Caballeros Western Museum and Children’s Museum of Phoenix. Take a break from Phoenix with a short trip to Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, about 40 minutes away. There's more to do: engage your brain at Arizona Science Center and take a stroll through Mill Avenue District.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Phoenix online route planner.

Detroit to Phoenix is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Detroit in August, plan for warmer days in Phoenix, with highs around 105°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Flagstaff

— 2 nights

City of Seven Wonders

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.
On the 11th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park and then explore the striking landscape of Coconino National Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museum of Northern Arizona and then sample the tasty concoctions at Mother Road Brewing Company.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Flagstaff trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Flagstaff takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Phoenix in August, with highs in Flagstaff at 77°F and lows at 50°F. On the 13th (Sun), you'll travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
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 13th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio and then take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon. On your second day here, get great views at Mohave Point, then get great views at Powell Point, then examine the collection at Kolb Studio, and finally add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 50°F. On the 15th (Tue), you're off to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Nightlife

Sedona

— 2 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): do a tasting at Page Springs Cellars and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Montezuma Well. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, examine the collection at Arizona Copper Art Museum, and then hike along Doe Mountain Trail.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sedona itinerary planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August; daily highs in Sedona reach 89°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Arizona travel guide

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Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.