13 days in Arizona Itinerary

13 days in Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arizona trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Tucson
— 1 night
Drive
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Scottsdale
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Page
— 1 night
Drive
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Fly to Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport

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Tucson

— 1 night

Old Pueblo

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.
On the 18th (Sat), learn more about the world around you at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): look for gifts at Green Valley Pecan Company, then take a memorable drive along Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, then explore the stunning scenery at Sabino Canyon, and finally admire the architecture and history at Mission San Xavier del Bac.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tucson online attractions planner.

Kalamazoo to Tucson is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kalamazoo to Tucson is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Kalamazoo in December, plan for much warmer days in Tucson, with highs around 65°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Tucson

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Scottsdale

— 3 nights
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Explore Scottsdale's surroundings by going to Phallic Rock (in Carefree), KOLI Equestrian Center (in Chandler) and Off-Road Tours (in Phoenix). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church, identify plant and animal life at McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and stop by Outrageous Olive Oil & Vinegars.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Scottsdale trip planner.

You can drive from Tucson to Scottsdale in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December in Scottsdale, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Page.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Page

— 1 night

Center of Canyon Country

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 23rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then explore the striking landscape at Horseshoe Bend, and finally enjoy some diversion at Gunfighter Canyon.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Page travel planner.

Fly from Scottsdale to Page in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Scottsdale in December, you will find days in Page are colder (47°F), and nights are a bit cooler (30°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
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 26th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village, hike along Rim Trail, take some stellar pictures from Pipe Creek Vista, and explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park travel route site.

You can drive from Page to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Page in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°F in Grand Canyon National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Sedona

— 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 28th (Tue), take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, explore and take pictures at Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), then see Off-Road Tours, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, delve into the mystery of Chapel of the Holy Cross, and then take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery of Local Artists.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sedona trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Sedona: temperatures range from 54°F by day to 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Arizona travel guide

4.3
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.