16 days in Arizona Itinerary

16 days in Arizona Itinerary

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16 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + shuttle:  9​h
1
Tucson
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Scottsdale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Page
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Etherton Gallery and then have some family-friendly fun at Will You Escape?. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and then explore the stunning scenery at Sabino Canyon.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tucson trip planner .

Washington DC to Tucson is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in May, you will find days in Tucson are somewhat warmer (88°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Will You Escape? ©
Will You Escape?
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ©
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Sabino Canyon ©
Sabino Canyon

2
nights
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 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden, then stop by Outrageous Olive Oil & Vinegar, and finally shop like a local with Elan Wollitzer Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of First Christian Church, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Scottsdale online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Tucson to Scottsdale takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tucson in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Scottsdale. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Phoenix
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Sedona is known for nature, historic sites, trails, scenic drive, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, hike along Broken Arrow Trail, take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and explore the stunning scenery at Oak Creek Canyon.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sedona trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Scottsdale to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Scottsdale in May; daily highs in Sedona reach 78°F and lows reach 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)

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.
On the 16th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Hopi Point, make a trip to Grand Canyon Village, and trek along Rim Trail.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park travel route builder website .

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in May, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Page.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

4
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.
Spend the 20th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 21st (Tue) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon, have fun at Gunfighter Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Horseshoe Bend, and admire the engineering at Glen Canyon Dam Overlook.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Page online vacation planner .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Page in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, expect nights in Page to be much warmer, around 55°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Wed).

Things to do in Page

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

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