16 days in Arizona Itinerary

16 days in Arizona Itinerary

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16 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  15​h
1
Phoenix
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Tucson
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. You've now added Camelback Mountain to your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Phoenix Zoo and Riverview Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musical Instrument Museum and Heard Museum. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and have fun and explore at Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Phoenix driving holiday website .

Amsterdam, Holland to Phoenix is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Phoenix is minus 8 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in April; daily highs in Phoenix reach 36°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Phoenix

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Riverview Park
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Heard Museum ©
Heard Museum
Phoenix Zoo ©
Phoenix Zoo

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chapel of the Holy Cross and Sedona Stargazing. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Out of Africa Wildlife Park and Slide Rock State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Sedona side-trips: Meteor Crater Natural Landmark (in Winslow) and Clarkdale National Historic District & Townsite (in Clarkdale). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see Off-Road Tours, and view the masterpieces at Village Gallery of Local Artists.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sedona day trip planning app .

Getting from Phoenix to Sedona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Phoenix in November, things will get a bit cooler in Sedona: highs are around 20°C and lows about 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Clarkdale National Historic District & Townsite, Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Meteor Crater
Highlights from your plan
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Meteor Crater ©
Meteor Crater
Out of Africa Wildlife Park ©
Out of Africa Wildlife Park

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.
Yavapai Geology Museum and Hermit's Rest are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: hike along Bright Angel Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, get engrossed in the history at Tusayan Museum, and see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sedona in May: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tucson.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Tusayan Museum ©
Tusayan Museum
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory and Reid Park Zoo. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Biosphere 2 are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Pima Air and Space Museum, browse the exhibits of Kitt Peak National Observatory, take in breathtaking views at Sabino Canyon, and meet the residents at Funny Foot Farm and Tucson Petting Zoo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tucson trip itinerary planning tool .

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. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May: highs in Tucson hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Asarco Mineral Discovery Center, Biosphere 2
Highlights from your plan
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ©
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Pima Air and Space Museum ©
Pima Air and Space Museum
Mission San Xavier del Bac ©
Mission San Xavier del Bac

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