9 days in Phoenix, Moab & New York City Itinerary

9 days in Phoenix, Moab & New York City Itinerary

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9 days in Phoenix, Moab & New York City Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Phoenix
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
2
Moab
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  9​h 45​min
3
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at KOLI Equestrian Center and Lookout Mountain Preserve. Discover out-of-the-way places like Musical Instrument Museum and Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson. There's lots more to do: hike along Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cholla Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Phoenix driving holiday planning site .

Los Angeles to Phoenix is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Phoenix due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: high temperatures in Phoenix hover around 99°F and lows are around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

KOLI Equestrian Center
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KOLI Equestrian Center ©
KOLI Equestrian Center
Lookout Mountain Preserve ©
Lookout Mountain Preserve
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson ©
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson

2
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 12th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Double Down Bike Shop, then take a memorable drive along Colorado Riverway Recreation Area, then take in the dramatic natural features at Fisher Towers, and finally explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Landscape Arch and then take in the dramatic natural features at Sand Dune Arch.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Moab trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Phoenix to Moab in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Phoenix in September, you will find days in Moab are a bit cooler (84°F), and nights are colder (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Moab

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Arches National Park, Fisher Towers
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Fisher Towers ©
Fisher Towers
Landscape Arch ©
Landscape Arch
Sand Dune Arch ©
Sand Dune Arch

3
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Escape the urban bustle at Bay Head Beach and Speed Boats Tours. Discover out-of-the-way places like Washington Square Park and Food Tours. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Times Square, stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park, admire the striking features of The Oculus, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the New York City day trip planner.

Getting from Moab to New York City by combination of car, flight, and bus takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Moab in September since evenings lows in New York City dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Neighborhoods Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bay Head Beach, Dumbo
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Dumbo ©
Dumbo
Times Square ©
Times Square
Greenwich Village ©
Greenwich Village

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