11 days in Arizona Itinerary

11 days in Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arizona trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Phoenix
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Flagstaff
— 1 night
Drive
4
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Scottsdale
— 1 night
Drive
6
Tucson
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Phoenix, Fly to Orlando

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Phoenix

— 2 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Basilica, then explore the world behind art at Phoenix Art Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden.

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Orlando to Phoenix is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Orlando to Phoenix. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Orlando in December, with highs in Phoenix at 68°F and lows at 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
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 27th (Fri): look for gifts at Lookout Studio, get great views at Pima Point, then contemplate the long history of Hermit's Rest, and finally examine the collection at Kolb Studio. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Maricopa Point, admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally get great views at Powell Point.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park tour planning site.

Drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Phoenix in December, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 45°F and lows at 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Flagstaff

— 1 night

City of Seven Wonders

Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, then examine the collection at Museum of Northern Arizona, and then wander the streets of Historic Downtown and Railroad District.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Flagstaff trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Flagstaff takes 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Flagstaff are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Sedona

— 2 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take a stroll through Historic Old Town Cottonwood, see the interesting displays at Arizona Copper Art Museum, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): stroll through Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Renee Taylor Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Honshin Fine Art, then delve into the distant past at Palatki Ruins, and finally view the masterpieces at Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sedona road trip planning site.

You can drive from Flagstaff to Sedona in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Flagstaff in December: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 54°F and lows are around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Sedona

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Scottsdale

— 1 night
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West, then do a tasting at Aridus Wine Company, then look for all kinds of wild species at McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and finally don't miss a visit to Main Street Arts District.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Scottsdale online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Scottsdale takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, Scottsdale is somewhat warmer than Sedona - with highs of 68°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tucson.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Shopping

Tucson

— 2 nights

Old Pueblo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Franklin Auto Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Etherton Gallery, then examine the collection at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, and finally learn about all things military at Museum of the Horse Soldier.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tucson trip planning site.

Getting from Scottsdale to Tucson by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Scottsdale in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Tucson, with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums · Shopping

Arizona travel guide

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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.