9 days in Arizona Itinerary

9 days in Arizona Itinerary

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9 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Foot + Fly + Shuttle:  10​h
1
Tucson
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Phoenix
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  12​h 30​min
End: New York City

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Horseback Riding Tours. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Saguaro National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tucson route planner.

New York City to Tucson is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Tucson. While traveling from New York City, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Tucson, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Tucson

Parks Nature Tours
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Saguaro National Park ©
Saguaro National Park
Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): trek along Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area and then admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Dreamy Draw Recreation Area and then explore by horseback at KOLI Equestrian Center.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Phoenix travel route app .

Traveling by car from Tucson to Phoenix takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January in Phoenix, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trip

KOLI Equestrian Center
Highlights from your plan
KOLI Equestrian Center ©
KOLI Equestrian Center
Dreamy Draw Recreation Area ©
Dreamy Draw Recreation Area
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stop by Trailhead Tea, then trek along Doe Mountain Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Soldier Pass, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Jerome State Historic Park, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Huckaby Trail, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Holy Cross.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sedona travel planning site .

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a shuttle. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Phoenix in January, with highs in Sedona at 54°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Jerome State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Jerome State Historic Park ©
Jerome State Historic Park
Doe Mountain Trail ©
Doe Mountain Trail

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Pima Point, get great views at Trailview Overlook, then take some stellar pictures from Maricopa Point, then take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, and finally see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum, then take some stellar pictures from Shoshone Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Moran Point.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary app .

Drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in January, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 44°F by day to 15°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Maricopa Point ©
Maricopa Point
Moran Point ©
Moran Point
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

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