11 days in Arizona Itinerary

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Grand Canyon National Park
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Phoenix — 1 day

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. On the 18th (Mon), shop like a local with Old Town Scottsdale.

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Wellington, New Zealand to Phoenix is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 19 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Wellington in September: high temperatures in Phoenix hover around 43°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.
Neighborhoods · Shopping
Side Trip
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Grand Canyon National Park — 4 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to South Kaibab Trail and Desert View Watchtower. Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and Grandview Point. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point, get a dose of the wild on Grand Canyon Mule Tours by Xanterra, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, and cruise along East Rim Drive.

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Drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Phoenix in September: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 28°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Sedona.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
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Sedona — 2 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Red Rock State Park, then admire all the interesting features of Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), then don't miss a visit to 911 Memorial, and finally hike along Devil's Bridge Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, stroll through Oak Creek Canyon, then trek along Airport Mesa, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sedona trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, with highs in Sedona at 34°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tucson.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Side Trip
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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Titan Missile Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mission San Xavier del Bac, and then cruise along Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway.

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You can drive from Sedona to Tucson in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Sedona in September, expect Tucson to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Side Trip
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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.