8 days in Arizona Itinerary

8 days in Arizona Itinerary

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Phoenix
— 1 night
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Prescott
Drive
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Jerome
Drive
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Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive
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Camp Verde
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Phoenix
— 1 night
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Phoenix

— 1 night
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. Your day by day itinerary now includes Desert Botanical Garden as well as Taliesin West. On the 9th (Sun), admire the striking features of Taliesin West and then take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden.

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Chicago to Phoenix is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Phoenix. When traveling from Chicago in May, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Phoenix: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 69°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Prescott.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks

Side Trip

Prescott

Traditional Western attractions in Prescott include rodeos, wooden whiskey saloons, and quirky independent stores selling unique souvenirs.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Yavapai County Courthouse Square.

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Traveling by car from Phoenix to Prescott takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in May: highs in Prescott hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 46°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Jerome.

Things to do in Prescott

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Jerome

Jerome is a town in the Black Hills of Yavapai County in the U.S. state of Arizona. To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Jerome holiday tool.

You can drive from Prescott to Jerome in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. You'll set off for Sedona on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Jerome

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Sedona

— 2 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bell Rock as well as Cathedral Rock. On the 10th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock and then explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Brin's Mesa Trail and then grab your bike and head to Huckaby Trail.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sedona online itinerary builder.

Drive from Jerome to Sedona in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Jerome in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sedona, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Rim Trail, Desert View Watchtower and Bright Angel Trail. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Wupatki National Monument, enjoy breathtaking views from Desert View Watchtower, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point. On the next day, trek along Bright Angel Trail, then take in a show at Hopi House, then examine the collection at Kolb Studio, and finally get great views at Maricopa Point.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sedona in May, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (68°F), and nights are much colder (33°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Sedona

— 2 nights

Red Rock Country

Your day by day itinerary now includes Devil's Bridge Trail, Boynton Canyon Trail and West Fork Oak Creek Trail. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): trek along West Fork Oak Creek Trail, then stroll through Boynton Canyon Trail, then hike along Doe Mountain Trail, and finally hike along Devil's Bridge Trail.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sedona trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, you will find days in Sedona are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are much hotter (54°F). On the 15th (Sat), you're off to Camp Verde.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Camp Verde

Camp Verde is a town in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States. You've now added Montezuma Castle National Monument to your itinerary. On the 15th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Montezuma Castle National Monument.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Camp Verde vacation builder site.

You can drive from Sedona to Camp Verde in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In May in Camp Verde, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Camp Verde

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Phoenix

— 1 night
To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Phoenix planner.

Traveling by car from Camp Verde to Phoenix takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Camp Verde in May: high temperatures in Phoenix hover around 93°F and lows are around 69°F. On the 16th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Arizona travel guide

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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.