8 days in Arizona Itinerary

8 days in Arizona Itinerary

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Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Off-Road Tours (in Phoenix), Shamrock Farms (in Stanfield) and KOLI Equestrian Center (in Chandler). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, get outside with Right On Target Clay Guides of AZ, take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden, and take in the exciting artwork at Elan Wollitzer Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Scottsdale online trip builder.

Miami to Scottsdale is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Miami in December, expect nights in Scottsdale to be cooler, around 46°F, while days are little chillier, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Tours

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Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 14th (Tue), take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Cross, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sedona driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Scottsdale to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Scottsdale in December; daily highs in Sedona reach 54°F and lows reach 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Spas
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Grand Canyon National Park

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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 15th (Wed), admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot and then make a trip to Grand Canyon Village. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, then get great views at Yaki Point, and finally get great views at Hopi Point.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in December, plan for little chillier days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 45°F, while nights are colder with lows around 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Page.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon, then take in the dramatic natural features at Horseshoe Bend, and finally admire the engineering at Glen Canyon Dam.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Page road trip planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Page in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Page, with lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Page

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

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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.