8 days in Arizona Itinerary

8 days in Arizona Itinerary

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8 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + taxi:  9​h 30​min
1
Sedona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Scottsdale
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Tucson
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Boston

1
night
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sedona day trip site .

Boston to Sedona is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Boston to Sedona, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in October, you will find days in Sedona are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Clarkdale, Montezuma Castle National Monument, Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Montezuma Castle National Monument ©
Arizona Copper Art Museum ©
Arizona Copper Art Museum

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Hermit's Rest and Tusayan Museum are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, and get great views at Hopi Point.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sedona in October: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Tusayan Museum ©
Tusayan Museum
Hermit's Rest ©
Hermit's Rest

1
night
Scottsdale

Scottsdale ©
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, admire the masterpieces at Heard Museum, and then look for gifts at The Poisoned Pen.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Scottsdale online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Scottsdale by car takes about 4 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October: high temperatures in Scottsdale hover around 91°F and lows are around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tucson.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Phoenix
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Heard Museum ©
Heard Museum
The Poisoned Pen ©
The Poisoned Pen

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 15th (Tue), get a new perspective on nature at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, shop like a local with Madaras Gallery, and then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Xavier del Bac.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tucson trip planner .

Drive from Scottsdale to Tucson in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Tucson when traveling from Scottsdale in October, with lows around 60°F. You'll set off for home on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Tucson

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ©
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Mission San Xavier del Bac ©
Mission San Xavier del Bac
Madaras Gallery ©
Madaras Gallery

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