13 days in Arizona Itinerary

13 days in Arizona Itinerary

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13 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + shuttle:  9​h
1
Tucson
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Scottsdale
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Flagstaff
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Page
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Titan Missile Museum. You'll explore and learn at Pima Air and Space Museum and O.K. Corral. Go for a jaunt from Tucson to Benson to see Gammons Gulch about 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the architecture and history at Mission San Xavier del Bac, take in breathtaking views at Sabino Canyon, view the masterpieces at Etherton Gallery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tucson Arizona Temple.

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Washington DC to Tucson is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Tucson, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, you will find days in Tucson are somewhat warmer (65°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Titan Missile Museum, O.K. Corral, Gammons Gulch
Highlights from your plan
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ©
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Pima Air and Space Museum ©
Pima Air and Space Museum
Sabino Canyon ©
Sabino Canyon

1
night
Scottsdale

Scottsdale ©
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, identify plant and animal life at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, and then take in the exciting artwork at Elan Wollitzer Gallery.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Scottsdale tour itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Tucson to Scottsdale in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Scottsdale sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Musical Instrument Museum
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument 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.
On the 25th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock and then take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Cross, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Flagstaff holiday planning site .

You can drive from Scottsdale to Flagstaff in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Scottsdale in December, with highs in Flagstaff at 44°F and lows at 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) 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
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Off-Road Tours
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock

4
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.
Bright Angel Point and Hermit's Rest will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Bright Angel History Room and Tusayan Museum. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, trek along Bright Angel Trail, get great views at Pipe Creek Vista, and admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Page.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Point ©
Bright Angel Point
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

2
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.
On the 31st (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Horseshoe Bend, have fun at Gunfighter Canyon, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Page trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Page in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December since evenings lows in Page dip to 30°F. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Page

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Bend ©
Horseshoe Bend
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon

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