21 days in Arizona Itinerary

21 days in Arizona Itinerary

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Tucson
— 3 nights
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Scottsdale
— 5 nights
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Prescott
— 2 nights
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Sedona
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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Page
— 2 nights
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Tucson

— 3 nights

Old Pueblo

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 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Madaras Gallery. When in Tucson, make a side trip to see Double R Ranch in Benson, approximately Benson away. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Sabino Canyon, meet the residents at Funny Foot Farm and Tucson Petting Zoo, shop like a local with Etherton Gallery, and admire the architecture and history at Mission San Xavier del Bac.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Tucson road trip planning app.

Dallas to Tucson is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Tucson is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Dallas in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tucson, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Scottsdale

— 5 nights
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Attractions like Shamrock Farms and Off-Road Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Scottsdale's surroundings by going to KOLI Equestrian Center (in Chandler) and Watson's Hat Shop (in Cave Creek). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at McDowell Sonoran Preserve, find something for the whole family at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Taliesin West.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Scottsdale trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tucson to Scottsdale takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. December in Scottsdale sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Prescott.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Prescott

— 2 nights
Traditional Western attractions in Prescott include rodeos, wooden whiskey saloons, and quirky independent stores selling unique souvenirs.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Sharlot Hall Museum, explore the fascinating landscape at Community Nature Center Open Space Preserve, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Heritage Park Zoo, and finally see the interesting displays at Kalusa Miniature Airplane Collection. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Watson Lake, stroll around Fain Park, shop like a local with Newman Gallery, then ponder the design of Yavapai County Courthouse Square, and finally steep yourself in history at Downtown Historic Area.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Prescott travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Scottsdale to Prescott in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, Prescott is little chillier than Scottsdale - with highs of 54°F and lows of 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Prescott

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sedona

— 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Off-Road Tours and Chapel of the Holy Cross. Change things up with a short trip to Clarkdale National Historic District & Townsite in Clarkdale (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, view the masterpieces at Village Gallery of Local Artists, admire all the interesting features of Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and make a trip to 911 Memorial.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Sedona day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Prescott to Sedona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Prescott in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sedona, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 5 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Attractions like Grand Canyon Village and Bright Angel Trail make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Grandview Point, take in the pleasant sights at Pipe Creek Vista, and steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planning tool.

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sedona in December: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 45°F, while lows dip to 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Page.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Page

— 2 nights

Center of Canyon Country

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then relax and rejuvenate at Lake Powell Massage & Spa Boutique, then take in the dramatic natural features at Horseshoe Bend, and finally admire the engineering at Glen Canyon Dam. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Page itinerary planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Page by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Page when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, with lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Page

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Arizona travel guide

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Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
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.