13 days in Arizona Itinerary

13 days in Arizona Itinerary

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13 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h
1
Surprise
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Phoenix
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Sedona
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Surprise

Surprise ©
Surprise is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Gramma Lizards, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hassayampa River Preserve, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lake Pleasant Regional Park. On the next day, tee off at Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club and then hike along Vulture Peak Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Surprise vacation site .

Chicago to Surprise is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in May; daily highs in Surprise reach 91°F and lows reach 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Surprise

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Wickenburg, Lake Pleasant Regional Park, Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium
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Vulture Peak Trail ©
Vulture Peak Trail
Hassayampa River Preserve ©
Hassayampa River Preserve
Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club ©

1
night
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Phoenix trip maker site .

Chicago to Phoenix is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Phoenix due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in May, you will find days in Phoenix are warmer (93°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (69°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Rim Trail and South Kaibab Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yaki Point and Lookout Studio. On the 23rd (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Lipan Point, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, and don't miss a visit to Pipe Creek Vista.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Grand Canyon National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park in 4 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in May; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 68°F and lows reach 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

5
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get in touch with nature at V-Bar-V Heritage Site and Montezuma Well. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fay Canyon Trail and Oak Creek Vista Point. Explore Sedona's surroundings by going to Pillsbury Wine Company North (in Cottonwood) and Lava River Cave (in Flagstaff). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Historic Old Town Cottonwood, trek along Doe Mountain Trail, explore the striking landscape at Snoopy Rock, and explore the ancient world of Palatki Ruins.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sedona road trip planning website .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, you will find days in Sedona are somewhat warmer (78°F), and nights are much hotter (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cottonwood, Rimrock, Lava River Cave
Highlights from your plan
Historic Old Town Cottonwood ©
Historic Old Town Cottonwood
Montezuma Well ©
Montezuma Well
V-Bar-V Heritage Site ©
V-Bar-V Heritage Site

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