13 days in Arizona Itinerary

13 days in Arizona Itinerary

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13 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Foot + Fly + Shuttle:  10​h
1
Tucson
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Phoenix
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Sedona
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  10​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
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.
On the 21st (Sat), get in on the family fun at Old Tucson, shop like a local with Etherton Gallery, then explore the stunning scenery at Sabino Canyon, and finally meet the residents at Funny Foot Farm and Tucson Petting Zoo. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Reid Park Zoo, then get curious at Biosphere 2, and then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Xavier del Bac.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Tucson journey planner .

New York City to Tucson is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Tucson is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in December: highs in Tucson hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 41°F. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Tucson

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Biosphere 2
Highlights from your plan
Sabino Canyon ©
Sabino Canyon
Old Tucson ©
Old Tucson
Biosphere 2 ©
Biosphere 2

3
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Attractions like Phoenix Zoo and McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Camelback Mountain, get lost in a book at Glendale Public Library, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Phoenix trip tool .

Traveling by car from Tucson to Phoenix takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Phoenix can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Glendale Public Library
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Off-Road Tours
Balloon Rides

3
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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, wildlife, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum, trek along Rim Trail, explore and take pictures at Point Imperial Drive, and get great views at Pipe Creek Vista.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park online travel route planner .

Getting from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Phoenix in December: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 45°F and lows are around 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sedona tour planner .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December: highs in Sedona hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 38°F. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Bell Rock ©
Bell Rock
Slide Rock State Park ©
Slide Rock State Park

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