12 days in Arizona Itinerary

12 days in Arizona Itinerary

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12 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  10 h 45 min
1
Benson
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Prescott
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Holbrook
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Chinle
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Page
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Benson

Benson ©
Benson is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States, east-southeast of Tucson. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): Head underground at Kartchner Caverns State Park, see the interesting displays at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, then don't miss a visit to Bird Cage Theatre, and finally see a world frozen in time at Fairbank Historic Townsite.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Benson day trip planner.

Washington DC to Benson is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, you will find days in Benson are somewhat warmer (61°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Prescott.

Things to do in Benson

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Tombstone, Fairbank Historic Townsite
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Kartchner Caverns State Park ©
Kartchner Caverns State Park
Bird Cage Theatre ©
Bird Cage Theatre

1
night
Prescott

Prescott ©
Traditional Western attractions in Prescott include rodeos, wooden whiskey saloons, and quirky independent stores selling unique souvenirs.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stroll through Lynx Lake Recreation Area, contemplate the waterfront views at Watson Lake, then get to know the fascinating history of Whiskey Row, then take an in-depth tour of Sharlot Hall Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Downtown Historic Area.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Prescott trip builder site .

You can drive from Benson to Prescott in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Benson in December, things will get slightly colder in Prescott: highs are around 54°F and lows about 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Prescott

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Watson Lake ©
Watson Lake
Downtown Historic Area ©
Downtown Historic Area
Sharlot Hall Museum ©
Sharlot Hall Museum

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Red Rock State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Broken Arrow Trail, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then trek along West Fork Oak Creek Trail, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park. On your second day here, stroll through Doe Mountain Trail, take in breathtaking views at Boynton Canyon Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

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

You can drive from Prescott to Sedona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Prescott in December since evenings lows in Sedona dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Holbrook.

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Broken Arrow Trail ©
Broken Arrow Trail
Doe Mountain Trail ©
Doe Mountain Trail
Boynton Canyon Trail ©
Boynton Canyon Trail

1
night
Holbrook

Holbrook ©
Holbrook is a city in Navajo County, Arizona, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): delve into the lush surroundings at Black Forest, admire nature's extreme beauty at Petrified Forest National Park, then take a peaceful walk through Jasper Forest Overlook, then delve into the lush surroundings at Rainbow Forest, and finally look for gifts at Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Co..

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Holbrook planning tool .

You can drive from Sedona to Holbrook in 2.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sedona in December since evenings lows in Holbrook dip to 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chinle.

Things to do in Holbrook

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Petrified Forest National Park
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Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Co. ©
Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Co.

1
night
Chinle

Chinle ©
Chinle is a census-designated place in Apache County, Arizona, United States. On the 27th (Fri), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then trek along White House Ruins Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, and finally delve into the distant past at Antelope House Ruin.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chinle travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Holbrook to Chinle in 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Holbrook in December; daily highs in Chinle reach 45°F and lows reach 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Chinle

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Canyon de Chelly National Monument ©
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
White House Ruins Trail
White House Ruins Trail
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Visiting South Kaibab Trail and Grandview Point will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mather Point and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: hike along Rim Trail, take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive, get great views at Hopi Point, and contemplate the long history of Hermit's Rest.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park day trip website .

Traveling by car from Chinle to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Page.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Powell, and then see human ingenuity at work at Glen Canyon Dam Overlook.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Page trip planner .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Page in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Page, with lows around 30°F. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ©
Rainbow Bridge National Monument ©
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Lake Powell ©
Lake Powell

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