13 days in Washington DC, Montana & Arizona Itinerary

13 days in Washington DC, Montana & Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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Great Falls
— 1 night
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Phoenix
— 1 night
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Sedona
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Tucson
— 2 nights
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Washington DC

— 4 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Do your shopping at Eastern Market and Madame Tussauds DC. Get some historical perspective at Gettysburg National Military Park and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: Gettysburg (A&A Village Treasures & Little Round Top) and Baltimore (Historic Ships in Baltimore, Horseshoe Casino, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Washington DC holiday planning site.

Atlanta to Washington DC is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Washington DC are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Great Falls.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Great Falls

— 1 night
Great Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ann Cathedral, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and then tee off at Valley View Garden Golf.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Falls day trip planning tool.

Getting from Washington DC to Great Falls by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Great Falls due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Washington DC in May, with highs in Great Falls at 65°F and lows at 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Phoenix.

Things to do in Great Falls

Historic Sites · Golf · Nightlife · Outdoors

Phoenix

— 1 night
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Elan Wollitzer Gallery, then tee off at Phoenix Scottsdale Golf, and then awaken your taste buds at Arizona Scenic Tours - Day Tours.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Phoenix trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Great Falls to Phoenix takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Great Falls in May, with highs in Phoenix at 93°F and lows at 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors · Golf · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sedona

— 2 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, look for gifts at Ivory Angelic, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Renee Taylor Gallery, view the masterpieces at Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Holy Cross, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Navarro Gallery & Sculpture Garden.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sedona trip planning site.

Getting from Phoenix to Sedona by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in May; daily highs in Sedona reach 78°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

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 10th (Mon): take in a show at Hopi House, admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): stroll through Bright Angel Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sedona in May, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around 33°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tucson.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Tucson

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): revel in the low prices at H. F. Coors and then get a new perspective on nature at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tucson travel route planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Tucson by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, taxi, and bus. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Tucson, with highs around 88°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 60°F. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tucson

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

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.