8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Flagstaff
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Sedona
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Charlotte

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Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
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 11th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Walnut Canyon National Monument and then look for gifts at Crystal Magic.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Flagstaff trip planning website .

Charlotte to Flagstaff is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Charlotte in October, with highs in Flagstaff at 65°F and lows at 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Nature Parks Shopping
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Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Crystal Magic ©
Crystal Magic

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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.
On the 13th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Mather Point, and stroll through Rim Trail.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park takes 1.5 hours. In October in Grand Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, then admire all the interesting features of Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and then stop by Cocopah. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, view the masterpieces at Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, then explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Holy Cross.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sedona road trip app .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Sedona, with highs around 77°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Sedona

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
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Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Bell Rock ©
Bell Rock

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night
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take a stroll through Albuquerque Old Town and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. On the next day, get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and then learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip planning tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Sedona to Albuquerque in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sedona in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Albuquerque, with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Balloon Rides
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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