32 days in North Central Arizona Itinerary

32 days in North Central Arizona Itinerary

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1
Sedona
— 11 nights
2
Prescott
— 8 nights
3
Payson
— 6 nights
4
Globe
— 4 nights

11
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sedona: Meteor Crater (in Winslow), Camp Verde (Montezuma Castle National Monument, Out of Africa Wildlife Park, &more) and Clarkdale (Arizona Copper Art Museum & Clarkdale National Historic District & Townsite). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, see Off-Road Tours, and hike along Airport Mesa.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sedona online trip itinerary planner.

Detroit to Sedona is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Sedona. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Detroit in September: highs in Sedona hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Prescott.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Meteor Crater, Montezuma Well
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Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Off-Road Tours

8
nights
Prescott

Prescott ©
Traditional Western attractions in Prescott include rodeos, wooden whiskey saloons, and quirky independent stores selling unique souvenirs.
Step out of Prescott with an excursion to The Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains in Yarnell--about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Downtown Historic Area, pause for some photo ops at GMIHC Learning and Tribute Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Constellation Trails, and get to know the fascinating history of Whiskey Row.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Prescott road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Prescott takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Sedona in October, Prescott is slightly colder at night with lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Payson.

Things to do in Prescott

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Prescott Valley, The Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains
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Watson Lake ©
Watson Lake
Downtown Historic Area ©
Downtown Historic Area
Goldwater Lake ©
Goldwater Lake

6
nights
Payson

Payson ©
Payson is a town in northern Gila County, Arizona, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Payson: Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area (in Show Low), Horseback Riding Tours (in Cave Creek) and Holbrook (Navajo County Historical Museum & Jim Gray's Petrified Wood Co.). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Mogollon Rim, trek along Horton Creek Trail, take a peaceful walk through Tonto National Forest, and admire the majestic nature at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Payson trip planning tool.

You can drive from Prescott to Payson in 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Prescott in October since evenings lows in Payson dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Globe.

Things to do in Payson

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Holbrook, Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, Horseback Riding Tours, Fossil Creek Wilderness, Tonto National Forest
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Mogollon Rim ©
Mogollon Rim
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park ©
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area ©
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

4
nights
Globe

Globe ©
Globe is a city in Gila County, Arizona, United States. Explore Globe's surroundings by going to Roosevelt (Three Mile Wash & Tonto National Monument) and Boyce Thompson Arboretum (in Superior). And it doesn't end there: hike along Apache Trail Scenic Drive, stop by Pickle Barrel Trading Post, see the interesting displays at Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum, and don't miss a visit to Old Dominion Historic Mine Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Globe trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Payson to Globe takes 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Payson in October; daily highs in Globe reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Globe

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Roosevelt, Apache Trail Scenic Drive, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum
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Apache Trail Scenic Drive ©
Apache Trail Scenic Drive
Boyce Thompson Arboretum ©
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Tonto National Monument ©
Tonto National Monument