8 days in Arizona Itinerary

8 days in Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Arizona route planner
Make it your trip
Drive
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Scottsdale
— 1 night
Drive
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Tucson
— 1 night
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Flagstaff
— 2 nights
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Scottsdale — 1 night

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, then awaken your taste buds at Arizona Scenic Tours - Day Tours, and then savor the flavors at Lucidi Distilling Co.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, identify plant and animal life at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, and then play a few rounds at THE BOULDERS.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Scottsdale holiday builder website.

Phoenix to Scottsdale is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Tucson.
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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.
On the 3rd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mission San Xavier del Bac and then gain a rich perspective with Reisen Arizona Day Tours.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tucson visit planner.

You can drive from Scottsdale to Tucson in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Scottsdale in October since evenings lows in Tucson dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 2 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon South Rim and Bright Angel Trail. Bright Angel Point and Grand Canyon Railway Depot will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Grand Canyon Mule Tours by Xanterra, add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, and trek along South Kaibab Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary tool.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Tucson to Grand Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Tucson in October, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 66°F and lows at 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Flagstaff.
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Flagstaff — 2 nights

City of Seven Wonders

Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Cross, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, then sample the tasty concoctions at Mother Road Brewing Company, and then take a stroll through Historic Downtown and Railroad District.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Flagstaff trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Flagstaff takes 1.5 hours. October in Flagstaff sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 33°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.
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Arizona travel guide

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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.
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