8 days in Arizona Itinerary

8 days in Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arizona itinerary planner
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Taxi to Camp Verde Chevron Station, Bus to Phoenix
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Flagstaff — 1 day

Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Walnut Canyon National Monument, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Francisco Peaks, and then take in the awesome beauty at Humphrey's Peak.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Flagstaff road trip site.

Atlanta to Flagstaff is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Flagstaff is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Atlanta in May, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Flagstaff: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Williams.
Nature · Parks

Williams — 2 nights

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Williams lies on one of the first highways ever built in America, the iconic "Route 66." The town boasts many inns, motels, restaurants, and shops, although its most important feature is serving as the southern terminus of a scenic railway leading to the area's most famous tourist attraction, the World Heritage-listed Grand Canyon.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Sycamore Canyon, stop by Thunder Eagle Native Art, and then get engrossed in the history at Williams Depot.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Williams journey planner.

You can drive from Flagstaff to Williams in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. May in Williams sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Flagstaff.
Nature · Museums · Shopping · Parks


For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Flagstaff day trip planner.

Drive from Williams to Flagstaff in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Williams in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Flagstaff, with lows of 34°F. You'll set off for Sedona on the 11th (Wed).
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Shopping

Sedona — 1 night

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): trek along Bear Mountain Trail and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sedona attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Flagstaff to Sedona takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Flagstaff in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Sedona: highs are around 78°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Cottonwood.
Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Spas

Cottonwood — 1 night

Cottonwood serves as a base for exploring the Verde Valley.
On the 12th (Thu), take a memorable drive along Historic Road - US Route 89A, admire the masterpieces at Arizona Copper Art Museum, and then admire all the interesting features of Arizona Route 89A.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cottonwood trip itinerary builder app.

Cottonwood is just a short distance from Sedona. In May, daytime highs in Cottonwood are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Phoenix.
Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Museums
Side Trips
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Phoenix — 3 nights

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. You'll discover tucked-away gems like KOLI Equestrian Center and Hole in the Rock. Change things up with these side-trips from Phoenix: Right On Target Clay Guides of AZ (in Gilbert) and Pinnacle Peak Park (in Scottsdale). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Phoenix Art Museum, experience rural life at The Farm at South Mountain, walk around Papago Park, and examine the collection at Pueblo Grande Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Phoenix day trip planner.

You can drive from Cottonwood to Phoenix in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Cottonwood in May, expect Phoenix to be somewhat warmer, temps between 93°F and 69°F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature
Side Trips

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.