9 days in Arizona Itinerary

9 days in Arizona Itinerary

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Start: Tucson
1
Tucson
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
2
Phoenix
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Sedona
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Scottsdale
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
End: Tucson

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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 20th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, then take in breathtaking views at Sabino Canyon, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Pueblo Vida Brewing Company.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tucson online road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Tucson. In January, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums Shopping Nature
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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ©
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Sabino Canyon ©
Sabino Canyon
Pueblo Vida Brewing Company ©
Pueblo Vida Brewing Company

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Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden, then examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, and then get lost in a book at Glendale Public Library.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Phoenix online attractions planner.

You can drive from Tucson to Phoenix in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Parks

Side Trip

Glendale Public Library
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Glendale Public Library ©
Glendale Public Library

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 22nd (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, then cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sedona trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Phoenix to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a shuttle. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Phoenix in January, with highs in Sedona at 54°F and lows at 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)
Spas

3
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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along Rim Trail, take some stellar pictures from Pipe Creek Vista, and don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Railway Depot.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in January, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 44°F by day to 15°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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nights
Scottsdale

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. You've now added Scottsdale Civic Center Mall to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take a stroll around Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, and then make a trip to Organ Stop Pizza. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Elan Wollitzer Gallery, then see Off-Road Tours, then admire the landmark architecture of Taliesin West, and finally identify plant and animal life at McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Scottsdale trip planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Scottsdale in 4 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, things will get much hotter in Scottsdale: highs are around 68°F and lows about 46°F. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Organ Stop Pizza
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Taliesin West ©
Taliesin West
Off-Road Tours

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