6 days in Arizona Itinerary

6 days in Arizona Itinerary

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Grand Canyon National Park
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Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore by horseback at KOLI Equestrian Center, then get outside with Right On Target Clay Guides of AZ, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and then look for gifts at Outrageous Olive Oil & Vinegars.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Phoenix attractions planner.

Houston to Phoenix is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston to Phoenix, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in May, expect nights in Phoenix to be about the same, around 69°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 93°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

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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 20th (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point and then don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest, get great views at Hopi Point, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Phoenix in May, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 68°F and lows at 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites


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Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 22nd (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Cross, and then appreciate the history behind 911 Memorial. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then see Off-Road Tours.

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You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sedona, with highs around 78°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 54°F. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Arizona travel guide

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.