9 days in Arizona, Death Valley National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

9 days in Arizona, Death Valley National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

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Phoenix
Drive
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Sedona
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Phoenix

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Phoenix trip planner.

Minneapolis to Phoenix is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Phoenix. Traveling from Minneapolis in September, things will get much hotter in Phoenix: highs are around 99°F and lows about 78°F. You'll set off for Sedona on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Sedona

— 1 night

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Slide Rock State Park, Red Rock State Park, Montezuma Castle National Monument, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Montezuma Castle National Monument, take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, then immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock State Park, and finally admire the majestic nature at Slide Rock State Park. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Devil's Bridge Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Cross, look for gifts at Hummingbird House, then explore the striking landscape of Walnut Canyon National Monument, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wupatki National Monument.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sedona online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Sedona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In September, Sedona is slightly colder than Phoenix - with highs of 85°F and lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
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 Bright Angel Trail. On the 27th (Mon), trek along South Kaibab Trail. Keep things going the next day: trek along Bright Angel Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip planner.

Drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in September, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Death Valley National Park

— 3 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Darwin Falls, Old Stovepipe Wells, Ubehebe Crater, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): get great views at Dante's View, explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then get answers to all your questions at Furnace Creek Visitor Center, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and finally explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Ubehebe Crater, then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, then don't miss a visit to Old Stovepipe Wells, and finally admire the sheer force of Darwin Falls.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 91°F and lows at 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Fremont Street Experience. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, appreciate the history behind Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally don't miss a visit to Stratosphere Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): try your luck at Casino At The Venetian, shop like a local with The Strip, then see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at High Roller, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, Las Vegas is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 60°F. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.