9 days in Arizona Itinerary

9 days in Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arizona trip planner

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Fly to Phoenix, Bus to Sedona
— 3 nights
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Train to Williams, AR, Drive to Prescott
— 2 nights



— 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get in touch with nature at Doe Mountain Trail and Fay Canyon Trail. Museum-lovers will get to explore Jerome State Historic Park and Arizona Copper Art Museum. There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take in breathtaking views at Boynton Canyon Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, and hike along Broken Arrow Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sedona trip planner.

Des Moines to Sedona is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Sedona. In October, Sedona is a bit warmer than Des Moines - with highs of 77°F and lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and Grandview Point. There's lots more to do: get great views at Hopi Point, hike along South Kaibab Trail, see Off-Road Tours, and enjoy breathtaking views from Desert View Watchtower.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in October, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Prescott.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip


— 2 nights
Traditional Western attractions in Prescott include rodeos, wooden whiskey saloons, and quirky independent stores selling unique souvenirs.
On the 15th (Thu), trek along Lynx Lake Recreation Area, contemplate the waterfront views at Watson Lake, take in the exciting artwork at Newman Gallery, then ponder the world of politics at Yavapai County Courthouse Square, and finally contemplate the long history of Downtown Historic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Whiskey Row and then get engrossed in the history at Sharlot Hall Museum.

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You can do a combination of train and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Prescott in 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October: high temperatures in Prescott hover around 75°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Prescott

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Trails

Arizona travel guide

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.