22 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Tucson & Santa Fe Itinerary

22 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Tucson & Santa Fe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Tucson
— 8 nights
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 11 nights
Drive

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Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
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 14th (Sat), trek along Bright Angel Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planner.

Richmond to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Richmond to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Richmond, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tucson.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Trails · Outdoors · Parks
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Highlights from your trip

Tucson

— 8 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Benson (Quarles Art Gallery & Double R Ranch), Tombstone (Tombstone's Historama, O.K. Corral, &more) and The Muheim Heritage House Museum (in Bisbee). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, explore the stunning scenery at Sabino Canyon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, and take a memorable drive along Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tucson vacation site.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Tucson takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, expect nights in Tucson to be much warmer, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 88°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Tucson

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 23:

Santa Fe

— 11 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument), Taos Drums (in Ranchos De Taos) and Taos (La Hacienda del los Martinez, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, take in the natural beauty of Ten Thousand Waves, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and explore the stunning scenery at Bandelier National Monument.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe itinerary planning website.

Getting from Tucson to Santa Fe by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tucson in May: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 73°F and lows are around 43°F. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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