5 days in Arizona Itinerary

5 days in Arizona Itinerary

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5 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Phoenix
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Sedona
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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hours
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Desert Botanical Garden.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Phoenix trip itinerary tool .

Chicago to Phoenix is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Phoenix is minus 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in April, with highs in Phoenix at 88°F and lows at 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden

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night
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 11th (Thu), get great views at Mather Point, trek along South Kaibab Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park in 4 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in April: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 62°F and lows are around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point

3
nights
Sedona

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fay Canyon Trail and Helicopter Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Doe Mountain Trail and Broken Arrow Trail. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Boynton Canyon Trail, look and learn at Sedona Star Gazing, trek along West Fork Oak Creek Trail, and don't miss a visit to Sedona Airport Overlook.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sedona trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, expect nights in Sedona to be much hotter, around 48°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 72°F. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Helicopter Tours
Sedona Airport Overlook ©
Sedona Airport Overlook

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