17 days in Arizona Itinerary

17 days in Arizona Itinerary

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17 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Phoenix
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Page
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Williams
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sedona
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Superior
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Mount Lemmon
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
End: Chicago

2
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. On the 21st (Fri), make a trip to CityScape Phoenix and then take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden. Keep things going the next day: meet the residents at Phoenix Zoo and then get in on the family fun at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Phoenix day trip planning tool .

Chicago to Phoenix is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Phoenix due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Chicago in December, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Phoenix: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Page.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Scottsdale
Highlights from your plan
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Phoenix Zoo ©
Phoenix Zoo
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park ©
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

2
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.
On the 24th (Mon), explore the stunning scenery at Lower Antelope Canyon, then take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon, and then take some stellar pictures from Horseshoe Bend. On your second day here, admire the engineering at Glen Canyon Dam and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Page sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Phoenix to Page takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Phoenix in December, plan for much colder days in Page, with highs around 46°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Glen Canyon Dam
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Bend ©
Horseshoe Bend
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon
Lower Antelope Canyon ©
Lower Antelope Canyon

6
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 27th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, don't miss a visit to Powell Point, and hike along Rim Trail.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Page to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Page in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Williams.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

few
hours
Williams

Williams ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Williams lies on one of the first highways ever built in America, the iconic "Route 66." The town boasts many inns, motels, restaurants, and shops, although its most important feature is serving as the southern terminus of a scenic railway leading to the area's most famous tourist attraction, the World Heritage-listed Grand Canyon.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Bearizona Wildlife Park, then stop by Thunder Eagle Native Art, and then don't miss a visit to Wild West Junction.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Williams tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Williams takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December since evenings lows in Williams dip to 21°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Williams

Wildlife Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Bearizona Wildlife Park ©
Bearizona Wildlife Park
Thunder Eagle Native Art ©
Thunder Eagle Native Art
Wild West Junction ©
Wild West Junction

4
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Attractions like Out of Africa Wildlife Park and Slide Rock State Park make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, stop by The Hike House, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and explore and take pictures at Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179).

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sedona vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Williams to Sedona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Williams in December: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 53°F and lows are around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Superior.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro
Highlights from your plan
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Out of Africa Wildlife Park ©
Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Slide Rock State Park ©
Slide Rock State Park

few
hours
Superior

Superior ©
Superior is a town in Pinal County, Arizona, United States. On the 4th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Superior road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sedona to Superior takes 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sedona in January; daily highs in Superior reach 72°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mount Lemmon.

Things to do in Superior

Wildlife Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Boyce Thompson Arboretum ©
Boyce Thompson Arboretum

2
nights
Mount Lemmon

Mount Lemmon ©
Most visitors take a trip to Mount Lemmon to visit Summerhaven, a small town providing a summer residence for many.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, then get great views at Gates Pass, and then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Xavier del Bac. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway and then see the sky in a new way at Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Mount Lemmon trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Superior to Mount Lemmon takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Superior in January, you will find days in Mount Lemmon are a bit cooler (65°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mount Lemmon

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Tucson
Highlights from your plan
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ©
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory ©
Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway ©
Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway

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