9 days in Arizona Itinerary

9 days in Arizona Itinerary

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9 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Williams
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Sedona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Scottsdale
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Tucson
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Appleton

3
nights
Williams

Williams ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Williams lies on one of the first highways ever built in America, the iconic "Route 66." The town boasts many inns, motels, restaurants, and shops, although its most important feature is serving as the southern terminus of a scenic railway leading to the area's most famous tourist attraction, the World Heritage-listed Grand Canyon.
Bright Angel Point and Kolb Studio are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Williams: Grand Canyon National Park (Hermit's Rest, Grand Canyon South Rim, & more). There's more to do: look for gifts at Addicted to Route 66.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Williams trip planner .

Appleton to Williams is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Appleton to Williams. Traveling from Appleton in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Williams, with lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Williams

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Point ©
Bright Angel Point
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

1
night
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Cross, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Sedona trip planning tool .

You can drive from Williams to Sedona in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Williams in September: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 85°F and lows are around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park ©
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock

1
night
Scottsdale

Scottsdale ©
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. On the 29th (Sun), shop like a local with Elan Wollitzer Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Desert Botanical Garden.

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You can drive from Sedona to Scottsdale in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sedona in September: high temperatures in Scottsdale hover around 99°F and lows are around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Tucson.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Phoenix
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Elan Wollitzer Gallery ©
Elan Wollitzer Gallery

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio, and then admire the striking features of Mission San Xavier del Bac. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures and then examine the collection at Pima Air and Space Museum.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tucson tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Scottsdale to Tucson in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, Tucson is little chillier than Scottsdale - with highs of 92°F and lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ©
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Pima Air and Space Museum ©
Pima Air and Space Museum
Mission San Xavier del Bac ©
Mission San Xavier del Bac

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