8 days in Arizona Itinerary

8 days in Arizona Itinerary

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8 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Sedona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Tucson
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Tombstone
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Appleton

1
night
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Red Rock State Park, then look for gifts at Trailhead Tea, then trek along Broken Arrow Trail, and finally make a trip to Sedona Airport Overlook.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sedona online road trip planner .

Appleton to Sedona is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Appleton to Sedona due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Appleton in January; daily highs in Sedona reach 54°F and lows reach 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Red Rock State Park ©
Red Rock State Park
Trailhead Tea ©
Trailhead Tea
Broken Arrow Trail ©
Broken Arrow Trail

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stroll through South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Pipe Creek Vista, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally get great views at Mather Point. On your second day here, hike along Rim Trail and then admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in January, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 44°F by day to 15°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tucson.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon Railway Depot ©
Grand Canyon Railway Depot

2
nights
Tucson

Tucson ©
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.
On the 13th (Mon), brush up on your military savvy at Titan Missile Museum, then stroll around Tohono Chul, and then get great views at Gates Pass. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, then shop like a local with Etherton Gallery, and then explore the stunning scenery at Sabino Canyon.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tucson day trip tool .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Tucson in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, things will get much warmer in Tucson: highs are around 65°F and lows about 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tombstone.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Titan Missile Museum
Highlights from your plan
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ©
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Gates Pass ©
Gates Pass
Sabino Canyon ©
Sabino Canyon

2
nights
Tombstone

Tombstone ©
Founded in 1877 as a mining camp, Tombstone became one of the most storied towns of the "Wild West." As one of the last frontier boomtowns in the United States, Tombstone prospered between 1880 and 1890, attracting cattle rustlers and outlaws.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kartchner Caverns State Park.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tombstone trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Tucson to Tombstone in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tucson in January; daily highs in Tombstone reach 60°F and lows reach 36°F. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tombstone

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Kartchner Caverns State Park
Highlights from your plan
Kartchner Caverns State Park ©
Kartchner Caverns State Park
Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park ©
Bird Cage Theatre ©
Bird Cage Theatre

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