11 days in Arizona Itinerary

11 days in Arizona Itinerary

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11 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Taxi:  9​h 30​min
1
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Scottsdale
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Phoenix
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Boston

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Slide Rock State Park, see the sky in a new way at Lowell Observatory, then appreciate the history behind 911 Memorial, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sedona travel planner .

Boston to Sedona is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Sedona is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Boston in April, things will get a bit warmer in Sedona: highs are around 72°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Lowell Observatory
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Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Lowell Observatory ©
Lowell Observatory
Slide Rock State Park ©
Slide Rock State Park

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, historic sites, wildlife, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail, trek along South Kaibab Trail, and see the interesting displays at Yavapai Geology Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sedona in April, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, around 26°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can 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
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

2
nights
Scottsdale

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Butterfly Wonderland, identify plant and animal life at McDowell Sonoran Preserve, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Elan Wollitzer Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): get in on the family fun at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and then don't miss a visit to Organ Stop Pizza.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Scottsdale online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Scottsdale takes 4 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April; daily highs in Scottsdale reach 88°F and lows reach 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Organ Stop Pizza
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Off-Road Tours
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park ©
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Butterfly Wonderland ©
Butterfly Wonderland

3
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. On the 26th (Sun), meet the residents at Phoenix Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, and finally see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden, then see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, and then get lost in a book at Glendale Public Library.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Phoenix trip itinerary planning site .

Phoenix is just a short distance from Scottsdale. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in April, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Glendale Public Library, KOLI Equestrian Center
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix Zoo ©
Phoenix Zoo
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden

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