9 days in Arizona Itinerary

9 days in Arizona Itinerary

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9 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Shuttle:  7​h 45​min
1
Prescott
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Tucson
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Prescott

Prescott ©
Traditional Western attractions in Prescott include rodeos, wooden whiskey saloons, and quirky independent stores selling unique souvenirs.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): do a tasting at Granite Creek Vineyards LLC and then trek along Prescott Peavine National Recreation Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Prescott Frontier Days, World's Oldest Rodeo, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Prescott Brewing Company, and then explore the striking landscape of Prescott National Forest.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Prescott tour itinerary planner.

Chicago to Prescott is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Prescott due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in April: highs in Prescott hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Prescott

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Granite Creek Vineyards
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Prescott National Forest ©
Prescott National Forest
Prescott Brewing Company ©
Prescott Brewing Company

1
night
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 (Sun): hike along South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Prescott to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Prescott in April, things will get slightly colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 61°F and lows about 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yaki Point ©
Yaki Point

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get some historical perspective at Tuzigoot National Monument and Jerome State Historic Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Fay Canyon Trail and Page Springs Cellars. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Historic Old Town Cottonwood, trek along Doe Mountain Trail, stop by Kachina House, and stroll through Bear Mountain Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sedona trip tool .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, you will find days in Sedona are a bit warmer (72°F), and nights are much hotter (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Tucson.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Tuzigoot National Monument, Historic Old Town Cottonwood, Jerome State Historic Park, Page Springs Cellars
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Jerome State Historic Park ©
Jerome State Historic Park
Doe Mountain Trail ©
Doe Mountain Trail
Bear Mountain Trail ©
Bear Mountain Trail

3
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 12th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tumacacori National Historical Park. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at DeGrazia Gallery In the Sun and then stroll through Patagonia Lake State Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tucson trip planner .

You can drive from Sedona to Tucson in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Sedona in April, expect nights in Tucson to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tucson

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tumacacori National Historical Park, Patagonia Lake State Park
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Patagonia Lake State Park ©
Patagonia Lake State Park
Sabino Canyon ©
Sabino Canyon

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