17 days in Arizona, Alaska & Alabama Itinerary

17 days in Arizona, Alaska & Alabama Itinerary

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17 days in Arizona, Alaska & Alabama Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly + bus:  18​h 15​min
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Sedona
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + ferry:  10​h 15​min
3
Ketchikan
— 4 nights
ferry + Fly:  3​h
4
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
5
Orange Beach
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  15​h
End: Dublin

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at South Kaibab Trail and Mather Point. On the 4th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive, and stop by Canyon Village Marketplace.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning app .

Dublin, Ireland to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Dublin to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Dublin in July, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stop by The Hike House, then trek along Broken Arrow Trail, and then don't miss a visit to Sedona Airport Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Psychic Readings by Nirup, then look for gifts at Hummingbird House, then trek along West Fork Oak Creek Trail, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Xcape Flagstaff.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sedona road trip planning tool .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 39°C and lows are around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sedona

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Xcape Flagstaff
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Broken Arrow Trail ©
Broken Arrow Trail
Xcape Flagstaff ©
Xcape Flagstaff
The Hike House ©
The Hike House

4
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zipline and Misty Fjords National Monument. And it doesn't end there: cast your line with a fishing tour, get engrossed in the history at Totem Heritage Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, and get advice or help at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ketchikan trip maker site .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and ferry from Sedona to Ketchikan in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sedona to Ketchikan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sedona in July, you will find days in Ketchikan are cooler (20°C), and nights are slightly colder (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
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Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park
Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary ©
Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zipline and DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Juneau trip planner .

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Juneau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Juneau, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Juneau

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zipline
DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery ©
DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery

1
night
Orange Beach

Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the galleries of Fort Morgan State Historic Site and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Gulf State Park Fishing Pier and then admire the majestic nature at Gulf State Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Orange Beach journey maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Juneau to Orange Beach in 12 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone changes from Alaska Standard Time (AKST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Juneau in July, expect Orange Beach to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Outdoors Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Fort Morgan State Historic Site ©
Fort Morgan State Historic Site

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