17 days in Arizona Itinerary

17 days in Arizona Itinerary

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17 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Shuttle:  9​h 45​min
1
Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Scottsdale
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Coolidge
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Tucson
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chapel of the Holy Cross and Walnut Canyon National Monument. Get some cultural insight at Montezuma Castle National Monument and Tuzigoot National Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sedona: Hauser and Hauser Farm (in Camp Verde) and V-Bar-V Heritage Site (in Rimrock). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, look for gifts at Psychic Readings by Nirup, and cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179).

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sedona day trip website .

Washington DC to Sedona is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Sedona is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in January; daily highs in Sedona reach 54°F and lows reach 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Camp Verde, Tuzigoot National Monument, V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Walnut Canyon National Monument
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Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Montezuma Castle National Monument ©
V-Bar-V Heritage Site ©
V-Bar-V Heritage Site

5
nights
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.
Hermit's Rest and Navajo Bridge will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Toroweap Point and Yavapai Geology Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Marble Canyon in Marble Canyon (about 1h 30 min away). Spend the 16th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park journey planning app .

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sedona in January, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are slightly colder (44°F), and nights are much colder (15°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Marble Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Tusayan Museum ©
Tusayan Museum
Hermit's Rest ©
Hermit's Rest

3
nights
Scottsdale

Scottsdale ©
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Let the collections at Musical Instrument Museum and Heard Museum capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Desert Botanical Garden and Aridus Wine Company. Go for a jaunt from Scottsdale to Apache Junction to see Goldfield Ghost Town about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at McDowell Sonoran Preserve, make a trip to On The Edge Gallery, get interesting insight from Tours, and shop like a local with Old Town Scottsdale.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Scottsdale online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Scottsdale takes 4 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, expect Scottsdale to be warmer, temps between 68°F and 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Coolidge.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Phoenix, Goldfield Ghost Town
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Heard Museum ©
Heard Museum
Goldfield Ghost Town ©
Goldfield Ghost Town

2
nights
Coolidge

Coolidge ©
Coolidge is a city in Pinal County, Arizona, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the ancient world of Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, then stop by Happy Adobe, and then admire the majestic nature at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): play a few rounds at Poston Butte Golf Club and then admire all the interesting features of Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Coolidge trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Scottsdale to Coolidge in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Tucson.

Things to do in Coolidge

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Florence, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Boyce Thompson Arboretum ©
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument ©
Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch ©
Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

3
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 23rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mission San Xavier del Bac, take in the exciting artwork at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and then take some stellar pictures from Gates Pass. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Pima Air & Space Museum and then take in breathtaking views at Sabino Canyon.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Tucson route planner .

Traveling by car from Coolidge to Tucson takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Tucson can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums Nature Parks
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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