12 days in Arizona Itinerary

12 days in Arizona Itinerary

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Tucson — 1 night

Old Pueblo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures and then admire all the interesting features of Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Madera Canyon, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Xavier del Bac, and then learn about all things military at Titan Missile Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tucson road trip planner.

Ontario to Tucson is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ontario to Tucson due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tombstone.
Museums · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Nature
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Tombstone — 1 night

Town Too Tough to Die

Founded in 1877 as a mining camp, Tombstone became one of the most storied towns of the "Wild West." As one of the last frontier boomtowns in the United States, Tombstone prospered between 1880 and 1890, attracting cattle rustlers and outlaws.
On the 9th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Boothilll Graveyard, examine the collection at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, then get engrossed in the history at O.K. Corral, and finally learn about winemaking at Silver Strike Winery.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tombstone itinerary maker site.

Drive from Tucson to Tombstone in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tucson in October: high temperatures in Tombstone hover around 80°F and lows are around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Sedona.
Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries
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Sedona — 4 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get outdoors at Devil's Bridge Trail and Oak Creek Canyon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) and Red Rock State Park. Step out of Sedona with an excursion to Montezuma Castle National Monument in Camp Verde--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Boynton Canyon Trail, hike along Broken Arrow Trail, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at West Fork Oak Creek Trail.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sedona trip maker site.

Getting from Tombstone to Sedona by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Sedona can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Side Trips
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Grand Canyon National Park — 3 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bright Angel Trail and Rim Trail. Get in touch with nature at South Kaibab Trail and Off-Road Tours. There's more to do: get great views at Mather Point and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in October, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Page.
Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours
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Page — 2 nights

Center of Canyon Country

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 17th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Keep things going the next day: see human ingenuity at work at Glen Canyon Dam Overlook and then explore the activities along Lake Powell.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Page trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Page in 4 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October: high temperatures in Page hover around 73°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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Arizona travel guide

The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.