12 days in Arizona Itinerary

12 days in Arizona Itinerary

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12 days in Arizona Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Chinle
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Shuttle:  7​h 45​min
4
Tucson
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Popular historic sites such as Tuzigoot National Monument and Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town are in your itinerary. Visiting Fay Canyon Trail and Soldier Pass will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sedona: Jerome State Historic Park (in Jerome) and Riordan Mansion State Historic Park (in Flagstaff). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Huckaby Trail, cruise along Oak Creek Vista Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Horse Trail, and learn about winemaking at Pillsbury Wine Company North.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Sedona holiday planner .

Chicago to Sedona is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Sedona, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in May, you will find days in Sedona are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jerome, Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, Tuzigoot National Monument, Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro, Pillsbury Wine Company North
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Soldier Pass ©
Soldier Pass
Bear Mountain Trail ©
Bear Mountain Trail
Fay Canyon Trail ©
Fay Canyon Trail

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Navajo Bridge and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and Inner Canyon. And it doesn't end there: trek along Bright Angel Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and stroll through South Kaibab Trail.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sedona in May, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around 33°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chinle.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Navajo Bridge ©
Navajo Bridge

1
night
Chinle

Chinle is a census-designated place in Apache County, Arizona, United States. On the 13th (Wed), take in breathtaking views at North Rim Drive, then explore the ancient world of Antelope House Ruin, and then take in breathtaking views at Canyon de Chelly National Monument. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get interesting insight from Tours and then take in breathtaking views at Canyon del Muerto.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Chinle trip planning app .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Chinle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. In May, daytime highs in Chinle are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Tucson.

Things to do in Chinle

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Canyon de Chelly National Monument ©
Antelope House Ruin ©
Antelope House Ruin

3
nights
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 15th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch, then explore the ancient world of Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Pueblo Vida Brewing Company. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Sonoita Vineyards, then identify plant and animal life at Tucson Audubon's Paton Center for Hummingbirds, and then explore the stunning scenery at Madera Canyon.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tucson trip itinerary planning app .

Do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle from Chinle to Tucson in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Chinle in May, you will find days in Tucson are somewhat warmer (88°F), and nights are much warmer (60°F). On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tucson

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tucson Audubon's Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Sonoita Vineyards, Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
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Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch ©
Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument ©
Catalina State Park ©
Catalina State Park

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