8 days in Arizona Itinerary

8 days in Arizona Itinerary

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Tucson — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Arizona State Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mission San Xavier del Bac, then explore the stunning scenery at Madera Canyon, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Pueblo Vida Brewing Company. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, then take in the exciting artwork at Madaras Gallery, and then brush up on your military savvy at Museum of the Horse Soldier.

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Durham to Tucson is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Tucson is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Durham in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Tucson: highs are around 77°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Scottsdale.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Scottsdale — 2 nights

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): trek along Cholla Trail and then hike along Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Sloan Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Hole in the Rock.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Scottsdale trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tucson to Scottsdale in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Scottsdale when traveling from Tucson in March, with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sedona.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Side Trips

Sedona — 2 nights

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get outdoors at Doe Mountain Trail and Huckaby Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Fay Canyon Trail and Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Snoopy Rock, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and trek along Brin's Mesa Trail.

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Traveling by car from Scottsdale to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Scottsdale in March, with highs in Sedona at 67°F and lows at 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Scottsdale.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Shopping

Scottsdale — 1 night

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Scottsdale day trip site.

You can drive from Sedona to Scottsdale in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sedona in March; daily highs in Scottsdale reach 82°F and lows reach 57°F. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Fri).
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Arizona travel guide

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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.