8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Grand Canyon National Park
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Phoenix
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Scottsdale
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
End: Phoenix

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night
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. On the 24th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at KOLI Equestrian Center.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Phoenix visit planner.

Grand Canyon National Park to Phoenix is an approximately 4-hour car ride. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, with highs in Phoenix at 99°F and lows at 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sedona.

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KOLI Equestrian Center
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KOLI Equestrian Center ©
KOLI Equestrian Center

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 25th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock, and then take in the exciting artwork at Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Oak Creek Canyon, take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sedona visit planning tool .

Drive from Phoenix to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Phoenix in September, things will get a bit cooler in Sedona: highs are around 85°F and lows about 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

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Parks Nature Outdoors
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Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Bell Rock ©
Bell Rock
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon

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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.
On the 27th (Fri), enjoy some music at Hopi House, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then trek along South Kaibab Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Rim Trail and then take some stellar pictures from Mather Point.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning app .

Drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 75°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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Hopi House ©
Hopi House
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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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 29th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at McDowell Sonoran Preserve, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then view the masterpieces at Elan Wollitzer Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): sample the fine beverages at Arizona Distilling Co, get interesting insight from Tours, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Scottsdale visit planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Scottsdale in 4 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, expect Scottsdale to be warmer, temps between 99°F and 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

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Arizona Distilling Co
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River Rafting & Tubing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Old Town Scottsdale ©
Old Town Scottsdale

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