5 days in Arizona Itinerary

5 days in Arizona Itinerary

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5 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  5​h
1
Tucson
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
2
Sedona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Tuba City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Petrified Forest National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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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 24th (Tue): take in the history at Mission San Xavier del Bac.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tucson road trip planning website .

San Francisco to Tucson is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tucson, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Tucson

Historic Sites
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Mission San Xavier del Bac ©
Mission San Xavier del Bac

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 25th (Wed), take a memorable tour with Tours, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Cross, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally do a tasting at Pillsbury Wine Company North.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sedona road trip planning tool .

Getting from Tucson to Sedona by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Tucson in December: highs in Sedona hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pillsbury Wine Company North
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Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Off-Road Tours
Spas

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in a show at Hopi House, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sedona in December, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, around 15°F, while days are little chillier, around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tuba City.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature Nightlife Parks
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Hopi House ©
Hopi House
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum

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Tuba City

Tuba City ©
Tuba City is an unincorporated town in Coconino County, Arizona, on Navajo lands, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Explore Navajo Interactive Museum, stop by Tuba City Trading Post, and then explore the stunning scenery at Coal Mine Canyon.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tuba City itinerary planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Tuba City by car takes about 2 hours. In December in Tuba City, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 15°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Tuba City

Nature Museums Parks
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Coal Mine Canyon ©
Coal Mine Canyon
Explore Navajo Interactive Museum ©
Explore Navajo Interactive Museum
Tuba City Trading Post ©
Tuba City Trading Post

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park ©
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Long Logs Loop and then contemplate the long history of Agate House.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Petrified Forest National Park vacation website .

Getting from Tuba City to Petrified Forest National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Agate House ©
Agate House

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