21 days in Arizona Itinerary

21 days in Arizona Itinerary

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Tucson — 3 nights

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.
Attractions like Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Double R Ranch make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Tucson's surroundings by going to San Pedro Valley Arts & Historical Society (in Benson) and Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch (in Picacho). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Madaras Gallery, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, appreciate the extensive heritage of Presidio San Agustin del Tucson, and take a memorable drive along Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway.

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Atlanta to Tucson is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Atlanta to Tucson due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in December, expect nights in Tucson to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mesa.
Museums · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife
Side Trips

Mesa — 4 nights

Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, in the U.S. state of Arizona. Family-friendly places like Shamrock Farms and Musical Instrument Museum will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Off-Road Tours (in Phoenix) and McDowell Sonoran Preserve (in Scottsdale). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mesa Temple & Visitors' Center, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, sample the fine beverages at Arizona Distilling Co, and explore by horseback at KOLI Equestrian Center.

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Traveling by car from Tucson to Mesa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and tram. In December, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sedona.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Side Trips

Sedona — 4 nights

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kids will enjoy Off-Road Tours and Chapel of the Holy Cross. Explore Sedona's surroundings by going to Verde Valley Archaeology Center (in Camp Verde) and Fain Park (in Prescott Valley). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, stroll through Doe Mountain Trail, stop by Ivory Angelic, and take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179).

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Traveling by car from Mesa to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of tram and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mesa in December; daily highs in Sedona reach 54°F and lows reach 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park — 7 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Family-friendly places like Grand Canyon Village and Grand Canyon South Rim will thrill your kids. On the 18th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: trek along Rim Trail, steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest, take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point, and examine the collection at Yavapai Geology Museum.

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Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Sedona, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 45°F to lows of 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Page.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Page — 2 nights

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 23rd (Fri), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

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Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Page takes 4 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Page, with lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Arizona travel guide

Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.