9 days in Chicago, Grand Canyon National Park & Sedona Itinerary

9 days in Chicago, Grand Canyon National Park & Sedona Itinerary

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9 days in Chicago, Grand Canyon National Park & Sedona Itinerary

Start: Chicago
1
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  10 h 15 min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Sedona
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 1st (Sat), get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, make a trip to Millennium Park, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, make a trip to Buckingham Fountain, and then take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Chicago trip planning app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and South Bend Regional Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Mather Point and then trek along South Kaibab Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Chicago to Grand Canyon National Park in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 0°C in Grand Canyon National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Sedona is known for nature, historic sites, trails, scenic drive, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an unorthodox tour of Chapel of the Holy Cross, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and don't miss a visit to 911 Memorial.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sedona trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, you will find days in Sedona are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are much warmer (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Spas

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