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14-Day Arizona Road Trip Itinerary

Our 14-day Arizona road trip itinerary is your guide to an unforgettable Southwest adventure! Arizona, also known as the Grand Canyon State, ranks as a top U.S. tourist spot, primarily due to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon National Park. But Arizona has much more to explore. In this guide, we offer a comprehensive 14-day journey through Arizona, packed with essential information to ensure a spectacular vacation. Having explored this state extensively and ranking it among our favorites, we’re excited to share the best experiences and must-see locations in Arizona with you.

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14-Day Arizona Road Trip Itinerary – Our Experiences

Our Arizona road trip itinerary is far from ordinary; it’s crafted for adventure enthusiasts. Chris and I have explored Arizona‘s landscapes for months, uncovering its untamed beauty. We took hundreds of photos during our Arizona travels; this article presents some of them. All are mine and Chris’s.

This journey is demanding and packed with action, leaving no room for idleness. We aim to unveil Arizona’s hidden treasures and breathtaking spots like Toroweap Overlook, North Rim, and Havasu Falls, along with famous landmarks such as the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Antelope Canyon. This flexible itinerary offers ample inspiration and tips, allowing you to tailor your trip.

Planning is crucial, especially for areas like Toroweap Overlook and Havasu Falls that require permits. This itinerary, rich in hiking (ranging from moderate to challenging), may not suit young children or those with mobility issues. We’ve designed this 14-day Arizona road trip to be adjustable so that you can modify its length based on your schedule.

Best time for Arizona Road Trip

Arizona is a year-round destination, with its vast size offering varied climates from north to south and changes with altitude. Due to the moderate weather, spring and fall are ideal for the Grand Canyon South Rim. Winter can be cold, and summer brings intense heat and crowds, making the North Rim a preferable choice in summer, though it’s closed in winter and most of spring.

Our itinerary shines from May 15 to October 15, aligning with the opening times of several recommended spots that close in winter. However, you can still enjoy Arizona during the colder months by skipping the North Rim. March and April also present a great time for exploring Arizona, with slight itinerary adjustments needed.

Chart withe the wather in Arizona.

Visit southern Arizona from fall to spring to avoid the extreme summer heat. Winters are generally mild, though occasional snowfall can occur, even in places like Saguaro National Park, so checking the weather forecast is advised. We’ve included average temperature charts to help you plan, as temperatures can vary significantly by altitude and whether you’re in the northern or southern parts of the state.

We collected some data about rainfall. On the chart, you can see the average inch of precipitation for the whole of Arizona. Generally, rain is not a big problem in this state. You can expect more rainy days in the northern part than in the southern.

Chart with precipitaion in Arizona.

Estimation of 14 days Arizona Road Trip Itinerary cost

Arizona is not very different than the rest of the United States. For sure, it’s cheaper than California. Please find some recent data for 2024:

  • A gallon of unleaded fuel is 3.9-4.9 USD
  • Average RV campsite with hookups – 35-55 USD/night
  • Horseshoe Bend parking lot – 10 USD/day
  • Grand Canyon 7-day fee – 35 USD/vehicle
  • The average price of lunch is 35 USD+/person
  • The price of dinner is 50 USD+/person (alcohol not included)

The average price of lodging in motels and hotels (prices are usually lower when booking accommodation several months in advance):

  • Page – 55-220 USD/room
  • Grand Canyon South Rim -120-350 USD/room (Tusayan)
  • Flagstaff – 85-170 USD/room
  • Sedona – 165-350 USD/room
  • Saguaro/Tucson – 90-250 USD/room

Arizona Road Trip Packing List

If you plan to visit Arizona national parks, remember to buy the America the Beautiful Annual Pass before your road trip. The pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the country, including all US national parks. It is valid for one year from the month of purchase and costs only $79.99. With this card, you will save on entrance fees to the parks.

It’s best to check our Havasupai Packing List – it is dedicated more to camping with a tent, but you can also browse it to prepare for Arizona weather.

If you are planning an Arizona road trip in your own car, our articles may also be helpful: Road Trip Packing List Essentials and How to Plan a road trip?

Arizona Road Trip Itinerary Map

You will not always have phone and internet coverage in Arizona. In many places, there is no connection. Indeed, there will be no range on the Toroweap Overlook, on the North Rim, or on the hiking trails of the Grand Canyon.

We always use a paper map on our road trips to Arizona. We like and use this Arizona Road & Recreation Atlas because, first of all, it is detailed. Secondly, it contains a lot of exciting information, thanks to which we discover other great places on the route.

In addition, we used maps of national parks and this guide with Best Day Hikes on the Arizona National Scenic Trail.

Check also our Day Hiking Packing List before you hit more challenging trails!

Ready to go 14 days Arizona Road Trip Itinerary

Below we show you our proposition to fill 14 days of Arizona road trip itinerary. Later we describe each day in detail to help you plan as you like. We assume that you are renting a car or motorhome. In the case of a vehicle, you can sleep in a hotel/Airbnb or a tent – you will find all the options below.

DayActivityEst. Driving TimePhotographic OpportunitiesRecommended Lodging location
1Arrive in Las Vegas0Sunset in Las VegasLas Vegas
2Go to Toroweap Overlook 6hSunset at Toroweap OverlookTuweep Campground (Permit Required!)
3Go to Grand Canyon North Rim5hSunrise at Toroweap, North Rim ViewpointsCampgrounds on North Rim or Lodge
4Drive to Page (Horseshoe Bend, Canyon X or Upper Antelope Canyon)2.5hCanyon X or Upper Antelope, sunset at Horseshoe BendPage
5Drive to Monument Valley , drive to Grand Canyon South Rim2h+3hMonument Valley, Grand Canyon South RimGrand Canyon Village
6West side of Grand Canyon South Rim (shuttle bus), drive to Flagstaff1.5hSunrise at the Rim, Flagstaff and Route 66 in FlagstaffFlagstaff
7Drive to Sedona, hikes in Sedona1hViews from hikes in Sedona, city of Sedona, SunsetSedona
8Drive to Saguaro NP East and West4h+1.5hCacti in Saguaro NPTucson
9Drive to Williams, then Peach Springs4.5h+1.5hWilliams and Route 66 in WilliamsPeach Springs
10Go to Havasupai1.5hHike to Havasupai, waterfallsHavasupai Campground (Permit Required!)
11Havasupai0hHavasupai WaterfallsHavasupai Campground
(Permit Required!)
12Havasupai0hHavasupai WaterfallsHavasupai Campground (Permit Required!)
13Return from Havasupai, Hackberry, Kingman3hRoute 66Hackberry & Kingman
14Arizona Hot Springs, Hoover Dam1hHot Springs, Hoover DamLas Vegas

Day 1 of Arizona Road Trip Itinerary – Arrive in Las Vegas

The best starting point for Arizona Road Trip is Las Vegas, Nevada, due to its location and International Airport. There is also a great selection of affordable lodging options in Las Vegas and the right choice of car rental companies.

In this Arizona itinerary, we assumed coming to Las Vegas would be more convenient. Still, another potential starting point might be Phoenix or Tucson. If it fits you better, adjust the itinerary to your needs (you have only changed day numbering and decided on loop direction).

After arriving in Las Vegas, you will need to rent a car. It’s always a good idea to compare rentals and prices on RentalCars. If you would like to use our itinerary as prepared, you will need a high-clearance 4WD vehicle. It will be required to access Tuweep Campground and take the loop drive in Monument Valley. Everywhere else, a regular car will be enough.

PRO TIP: If you are planning a party with your friends in Las Vegas, we highly recommend Limo Find. It’s also the best option if you need a bus or charter to transport a group of people.

Lodging and dining in Las Vegas

Our article, called Las Vegas 3 Days Itinerary, described all Las Vegas lodging options. Below, you can check the best hotel deals in Vegas.

If you need a dinner recommendation, you can also find it in this article.


Arizona Road Trip – Photographic Opportunities in Las Vegas

It might happen you will have plenty of time after arrival. You will have to arrange your car, lodging, and dinner, but if you have time, you can also take beautiful pictures of the sunset in Las Vegas. Please read our Las Vegas Photo Shoot Locations recommendations if it is your case.

Stunning view of hotel in Las Vegas, which is a perfect city to start Arizona road trip.
sunset over Grand Canyon.
las vegas hotels by night.

Day 2 – Arizona Road Trip – Driving to Toroweap Overlook

On that day of the Arizona road trip, you will drive from Las Vegas to Toroweap Overlook, arrange a campsite on Tuweep Campground and go to the breathtaking views from the overlook.

It’s part of Grand Canyon National Park, but it’s a hidden gem of Arizona. It has one of the best viewpoints of the Colorado River! But it’s also one of the most challenging days during the Arizona road trip, as it is a very hard-to-reach area. We planned everything so you would have enough time and prepare well for sunset/sunrise photos.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: For visiting Toroweap (aka Tuweep), you must have a permit (Day Use Ticket). Also, a permit is mandatory to camp at Tuweep Campground (Backcountry Permit). You should book it months ahead.

Colorado River and orange rock durin sunset at Toroweap overlook in Arizona.

How to get to Toroweap Overlook?

You have two options. You can stay at a hotel in Kanab or in the campground next to Toroweap Overlook. Read our tips carefully, as it’s not easy to get there, and you must also have a permit for day-use trips and camping.

The Toroweap Overlook is located in the western part of the Grand Canyon on the North Rim. Driving to Toroweap Overlook is an adventure in itself. Not every driver can do it, and not every car does. As a result, bring tire plugs and a portable air compressor to repair potential flat tires. The road is primitive, with sharp rocks, deep holes, and dust. It’s a rough road. Due to this, it is recommended to have 4WD to get to Toroweap Overlook and Tuweep Campground.

WARNING: You can skip this attraction if you don’t have a 4WD high-clearance vehicle. Don’t worry. You will have more time to spend later in other places like Page, Sedona, or Grand Canyon.

Driving directions from Las Vegas

You have to leave Las Vegas very early in the morning. The route is long. Kanab is 200 miles and about 3 hours and 15 minutes away. From Kanab/Fredonia, it is about 2-3 hours to Toroweap Overlook.

Since you are driving through the picturesque Valley of Fire – you can add a stop on the route and spend an hour or two in this park. But it all depends on how much time you have on your Arizona road trip.

The total time from LV to Toroweap Overlook is about 6 hours. So there’s a chance you’ll make it to the sunset, which is spectacular. But to do this in one day, you must skip visiting of Valley of Fire. Just drive through it.

You can choose one of three main routes to Toroweap from AZ 389 between Fredonia, Arizona, and St.George, Utah. And it takes you two to three hours to drive time.

  • Sunshine Route: We took Country Road #109 from Fredonia, Arizona. This is a 61-mile (98-km) primitive road featuring sharp rocks, washboard, and dust.
  • Clayhole Route: County Road #5 leaves AZ 389 at Colorado City, Arizona. It is 56 miles (90 km) long and impassable when wet.
  • Main Street Route: BLM Road #1069 and County Road #5 from St. George is 90 miles (145 km) long. This scenic route is impassable in winter due to snow and mud.

Tuweep Campground – A permit is required.

Tuweep Campground is one of our favorites in Grand Canyon National Park. Why do we like it so much? Because you can hear the silence. You can admire the Grand Canyon rim. Above all, you can listen to the sound of the Colorado River. Finally, sunsets, sunrises, and stargazing from this edge moved us to tears. There is no civilization, coverage, electricity, or water available. There is only you and the infinite space of Toroweap formation.

WARNING: If you don’t like staying overnight at the ridge and sleeping in a tent or are unable to get the permit, you can make a day-only trip to Toroweap and stay in one of the motels in nearby Kanab, UT. It’s on your way to North Rim, so it should be a very convenient option. You can check Kanab’s lodging prices and options here.

First of all, you need a permit to stay overnight. Advance permits are required for camping at Tuweep Campground and backcountry use areas. You can obtain a permit at go.nps.gov/tuweep. You must apply for the permit in advance because the place is gaining popularity.

Check our post for details. There are no facilities except for composting toilets and picnic tables.

As it might be challenging to get a permit for Tuweep Campground, check the Deals Finder below to stay in Kanab, as it’s a charming town!


Arizona Road Trip – Photographic Opportunities on Toroweap

Any time of day over Toroweap is delightful, but the most beautiful are the sunrises and sunsets. There are some excellent spots, but it’s best to find your own and take unique pictures. Depending on what you like, you will photograph in the eastern or western direction at dusk.

So, choosing a point that will allow you to rearrange during the session in both directions is good. Sunrise is also spectacular. But if you don’t have a permit to stay for a night, you must leave the place just after sunset. Such rules apply in the national park.

Agnes Stabinska, the author, is sitting in white dress, cowboy boots and hat on the rocks above Colorado River at Toroweap Overlook.

Day 3 of Arizona Road Trip Itinerary – Grand Canyon North Rim

If you stayed overnight at Tuweep Campground, leave just after sunrise, as the road back is long and challenging. If you slept in Kanab, you have a much easier route to North Rim.

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is visited less often than the accessible South Rim. There are two reasons for this: the first is that the North Rim is open only May 15 – October 15 (if the weather allows, even until December 1 for day use only). The second is accessibility. It’s much easier to get to the South Rim, and thus it is more popular.

But we love North Rim. The main reason is that it’s less crowded, and you can easily access it with your own car and then hike the rim at your own pace. It’s also much higher altitude, and you have a fantastic view of the canyon and South Rim from the viewpoints.

If you visit the North Rim on a day-use-only basis, you will also need much less time because all the main viewpoints are within walking distance of each other.

stunning view of North Rim during sunset.

How to get to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon?

You can quickly drive to North Rim from Kanab or Page in the season.

  • From Kanab, head south to Fredonia and join route 89A in the eastern direction. In Jacob Lake, you must take route 67 to the south. Route 67 is a dead-end. So, you will return the same way. It’s 81 miles from Kanab to the North Rim. If you are staying in Kanab, make sure to check the top things to do in Kanab to have a great time in this Western city.
  • From Page, take 89 directions south, then join 89A in Bitter Springs. Drive to Jacob Lake and take route 67 to the south. It’s 123 miles from Page to the North Rim.

The optimal road is like in this itinerary to travel from west to east and visit North Rim on your way to Page.

Read details about lodging in Grand Canyon North Rim in our separate article. Please check it.

Photographic Opportunities at North Rim

North Rim is an excellent photographic opportunity in many aspects. First of all, you will see fantastic rock formations. But in photography, light is essential, so the best times are sunrise and sunset. Also, in the middle of the day, the Grand Canyon looks good and has some shadows and lights on the rocks.

Let’s be honest. It’s not easy to photograph North Rim. You will always have something in the shadow and something in the light. Maybe the best weather is a cloudy day or after the rain.

But with all those modern cameras and techniques, we are sure the best is to use HDRs and try to get something out of the shadows and darken some strong lights. To take proper HDR, you will need a good tripod.

Day 4 -Arizona Road Trip – Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Slot Canyons

Page area is a must-see in any Arizona road trip itinerary. You can choose from at least three Navajo slot canyons and the famous Horseshoe Bend. Beyond this, you will find Lake Powell, with many kayaking and boating options.

blue water and orange rock clifss at  Horseshoe Bend near Page, Arizona.

Antelope Slot Canyons

People visit Page mainly to visit Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon. You must book a guided tour to see this miracle of nature.

The place is trendy, so book your tour a few months in advance.

You will have the best light for pictures around noon. You can compare our tips and photos from Upper Antelope Canyon and from Lower Antelope Canyon.

The other slot canyon you can visit is Antelope Canyon X. Is less popular and cheaper. You can also visit the part of Antelope Canyon freely accessible from Lake Powell by water.

Over the last 15 years, we have visited all those Antelope slot canyons on regular and photo tours when available.

Which is better? Upper or Lower Antelope Canyon?

In our opinion, Upper Antelope Canyon is definitely #1 and thus is the most popular. The Lower Antelope Canyon is entirely different. In the Upper, you have a wide bottom and narrow top; in the Lower, it’s the opposite – a tight bottom and a broader top, so more light is coming into the canyon.

It’s not right for photographers, so don’t think you will take similar pictures in Lower and Upper. They will be completely different, and those breathtaking ones are made mainly in the Upper. Here you can book the slot canyon tour to Upper Canyon. We also made this tour.

The ultimate solution might be to visit Canyon X, which is a kind of a mix of Lower and Upper. It has two parts, and each of them varies.

orange rock formations and narrow walls in lower antelope canyon.
stunning lights amonge orange walls in upper antelope canyon.

Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell

Except for slot canyons, you must plan the visit to Horseshoe Bend. The best time is midday to have balanced light on the whole rock. But some people love to come for romantic sunset here. To get to the bend, you must pay a 10 USD fee for a parking lot and hike to the edge. In our Horseshoe Bend Hike Guide article, you will find all the required information on this photography spot.

boats at Lake Powell in Arizona.
Horseshoe Bend

Arizona Road Trip Itinerary – Where to stay in Page?

A Page is a perfect place for lodging to visit Horseshoe Bend and slot canyons in the area. There is an excellent selection of hotels in the town. On the map below, you can check the best deals. If you need a campground, we can recommend Page Lake Powell Campground.


Day 5 of Arizona Road Trip Itinerary – Visiting Monument Valley

We put celebrated Monument Valley in this itinerary in this exact place because if you are leaving Page, it is relatively not far away. Monument Valley is a spot that can be easily made in one day, with the driving time required to get there and back. But to make it possible to start the day early. It’s about 2 hours drive from Page, Arizona.

Monument Valley stunning rock formations during sunset.

In Monument Valley, you will drive a 17-mile Valley loop. It is a gravel road starting and ending in the Visitor Center. Some people are asking if it is possible with a regular economy car. The answer is yes. You can make the loop with regular vehicles and some caution at your own risk. Of course, it is more convenient to have high-clearance 4WD, but it’s not a must. The loop should take you about 2-3 hours together, with stops for pictures.

If you are following this itinerary, you will need 4 hours to drive back to your next stop. The plan is to reach Grand Canyon Village at sunset, so check your time precisely. We recommend you spend this night at the Grand Canyon National Park area (South Rim).

Trip Tip: From Monument Valley, take a drive to the Cameron. Head south on Eagle Rd toward US-163 N. Take US-160 W to AZ-64 W/Desert View Dr in Cameron. Follow AZ-64 W/Desert View Dr to your destination at Desert View Point. From this point, you will still have a 20-mile scenic drive to Grand Canyon Village or Tusayan. Finally, book your accommodation at the Grand Canyon Village or Tusayan well in advance, as it is difficult to find accommodation at a reasonable price during the high season.

Photography Opportunities in Monument Valley

Entering this area, you will spot plenty of photographic opportunities. The first one will appear just next to the Visitor Center, where you will have a chance to take a classic photo with mittens. Another one might be on the road if you skip the Visitor’s Center turn and go a couple of miles forward. There will be a view known from the Forest Gump movie.

This Arizona road trip itinerary schedule is tight. We assumed that you have three hours to visit Monument Valley. And you will do the most popular 17-mile route at that time.

But if you have more time, consider one of the Navajo-guided tours below. Some of the amazing sites in Monument Valley are only accessible with a licensed Navajo guide and pre-booked tours. Then you have a much more interesting chance for amazing pictures.

Day 6 of Arizoana Road Trip Itinerary – Grand Canyon South Rim

Start this day early. You must leave your private car in one of the parking lots in Grand Canyon Village and switch to a shuttle bus to discover the western part of the South Rim. It will probably take you about half the day—it depends on how many times you plan to hop off and hop on the viewpoints.

Please check our separate article to see what viewpoints at the South Rim interest you.

A day is not much time to see the Grand Canyon, but if this is your first Arizona road trip and you’re short on time, it should be enough. But it’s worth planning your schedule so as also to take a scenic flight over the Grand Canyon because it’s an adventure for life.

When you are happy with the amazing Grand Canyon views, it’s time to move forward and head to Flagstaff. It will take you about 1.5h to get to this historic town.

Spend the evening walking in downtown or drive slowly across old Route 66 and try to find all the remains and take some pictures. You can skip Flagstaff and stay for one more night in Tusayan to enjoy more of the Grand Canyon.

the view of Colorado River from Grand Canyon South Rim.

Where to stay while visiting the South Rim of the Grand Canyon?

Stay in Tusayan, if you can. But Flagstaff is a nice place to stay as well. It has a wide selection of inns and hotels starting from the very cheap and ending with the luxurious and expensive ones. We were staying in Flagstaff often, so we give you some nice recommendations:

Budget Host Inn NAU ($) – Even if you can notice a lower rating of this Inn, it can surprise you. It’s old route 66 inn renovated to current standards, very well maintained with beautiful clean rooms, and close to downtown and other attractions. We spent a couple of nights there. It was the best price/quality ratio in the town. Check price on booking.com.

Little America ($$$) – This is an excellent place to stay if you are traveling with kids. They have a beautiful pool and are family-friendly. The restaurant is also lovely, and you can have dinner if you prefer to stay in the hotel and then go downtown, especially since it’s not that close. Check price on booking.com.

Organized tours near Grand Canyon South Rim

If you have more time in Grand Canyon South Rim and prefer organized tours, we can recommend you some of them (not included in this itinerary). You can use these recommendations if you plan to skip Toroweap or Havasupai. It can perfectly fit your Arizona itinerary in this case.

Grand Canyon from above – If you are in Grand Canyon and would like to do something different, like looking at it from above, the best idea is to go for one helicopter or plane tour. You can find a couple of options. One of the most affordable is Grand Canyon: Discovery Air Tour

Grand Canyon Jeep Tour – if you prefer to see the best viewpoints of the South Rim on the jeep tour, we can recommend you this short 2 hours excursion. Just click and purchase The Grand Canyon National Park: Hummer Tour with Transfer. You will admire the incredible scenery at several stops, including the Grandview Point, and your entry fee to Grand Canyon is included in price.

Day 7 of Arizona Road Trip Itinerary – Hiking in Sedona

Early in the morning, leave charming Flagstaff or Tusayan and drive a scenic byway (U.S. 89A) to Sedona. However, if you are traveling with a motorhome, it would be better to take Interstate 17 because the scenic byway is very winding, and it will not be easy to drive with a big vehicle.

Agnes Stabinska, the author, on Devils Bridge orange rock formation in Sedona.

Driving from Flagstaff to Sedona will take less than an hour. But if you are driving from Tusayan, it is about 4 hours. So consider what activities or hikes you would like to do in Sedona. We have some propositions in our article Three Best Sedona Hikes.

If you are in good shape, the whole day is enough time to make two or even three of those hikes, primarily in the summer when days are long. After hiking, you will be tired, but Sedona is a charming town offering excellent restaurants and relaxing hotels.

Plan your day to be in a beautiful place at sunset. One place that might be nice to celebrate this part of the day is Cathedral Rock. The only problem might be hiking down in darkness. So, if you plan it, please take a good headlamp with you because the hike is not long but very technical.

Arizona Road Trip Itinerary – Where to Stay in Sedona?

Where to stay in Sedona? Well, it depends on your budget and traveling style. Sedona is a stylish town that offers unique lodging with stunning views. The accommodation choice is large and varied. We suggest booking accommodation several months in advance during the high season.

If you are looking for a campground, we can recommend Rancho Sedona RV Park in Sedona, with 84 spaces available, free Wi-Fi, restrooms, showers, and laundry. It is next to Sedona Stream, so fishing is possible, too. Distant Drums RV Resort is located in Camp Verde close to Sedona. It offers amazing views of the mountains, and excellent reviews.

On the map below, you can see the best hotel deals.


Organized tours from Sedona

If you have more time in Sedona and prefer organized tours, we can recommend you some of them (not included in this itinerary). You can use these recommendations if you plan to skip Toroweap or Havasupai. Moreover, it can perfectly fit your itinerary in this case.

ATV Canyon Tour – If you like to ride ATV, it might be an excellent tour for you. And if you are a movie fan on this tour, you can experience locations where over 40 movies were shot. So don’t hesitate and book this 3-hour tour West Sedona Canyon: 3-Hour ATV Tour.

Nighttime UFO & Stargazing Tour – It is hard to find a better place than Sedona desert to enjoy stargazing at night. You can do it alone, but we suggest that it might be a better option to purchase this tour because of the possibility of using high-quality night vision goggles! With them, you can marvel at UFOs and other unexplained phenomena. Added value is the tales presented by the guides. So if you like the idea, book your tour here.

Day 8 of Arizona Road Trip Itinerary – Saguaro National Park

Start this day early in the morning. You will drive to the Tucson area. Above all, the main reason we put this southern part of Arizona in this itinerary is the cacti. Those plants are very typical for this state, and it wouldn’t be too smart to skip them.

Saguaro National Park near Tucson has two parts: eastern and western. And it’s not enough to see one of those because both are different. Make some hikes among those giant cacti trees to understand their scale. But be careful – they are sharp, and it’s easy to get hurt. Stay on designated trails.

sunset in Saguaro National Park in Arizona.

To get to Saguaro National Park West, where we suggest beginning your journey, you will be driving for about 4 hours. You can spend 2-3 hours in the park but plan to have another 1.5h to move to the eastern part.

This part is bigger, and you can make a nice loop with the car with some stops for short hikes. You will drive over hills and have a perspective view of the cacti forest.

You will find all the required details about planning your day in both parts of Saguaro in our separate article: The Best Things to do in Saguaro National Park.

Where to Stay while visiting Saguaro National Park?

After the whole day of looking at those giant plants, finding a comfortable place to sleep in Tucson is a good idea. You can check the lodging selection on booking.com.

There are many possibilities for lodging in Tuscon. Below are some suggestions with high guest ratings. Above all, check the reviews before you book.

Closer to East (Rincon Mountain) District
Hampton Inn & Suites Tucson East – around 8.6 miles from the Park East Entrance
DoubleTree Suites Williams Centre – around 10.2 miles from the Park East Entrance
Comfort Suites Sabino Canyon – around 11.1 miles from the Park East Entrance.

Closer to West (Tucson Mountain) District
Holiday Inn Express Tucson – around 14.6 miles to the Park West Entrance
Holiday Inn Express Marana – around 14.8 miles to the Park West Entrance

Day 9 of Arizona Road Trip Itinerary – Williams

On that day, we suggest you return to route 66 and explore it a little more. After 4.5h of driving from Tucson, you will reach wonderful Williams just for lunch in one of the classic diners.

Check this article with things to do in Williams and the best restaurants in Williams. After visiting those places, you will feel the climate of route 66. When you are not hungry anymore, please walk across the city and take a couple of pictures. Who knows how long this town will survive in its current shape?

one of the old buildings in Williams Arizona on the old route 66.

From Williams, you should be heading via old route 66 to Peach Springs. Unfortunately first part will be going over intestate 40, but still, you can drive some old 66 from Ash Fork or Seligman. Of course, we suggest to take some stops for pictures and visiting famous places on the road.

Peach Springs will be your place to sleep before you go to Havasupai. Please book your hotel well in advance because the rooms are limited.


Day 10 of Arizona Road Trip Itinerary – Havasupai Waterfalls Day 1

You MUST HAVE a permit to Hike to Havasu and its challenging trip

First of all, you must have a permit to Havasu Falls. Furhermore, if you are not ready to sleep in a tent, you can skip days 10-12 and just extend your stay in Sedona, Grand Canyon, or Page. In those places, you will have a lot of things to do.

We only suggest the most beautiful places in Arizona and couldn’t skip Havasupai, but we know it’s not a hike for everyone. Please feel free to adjust this itinerary to your expectations and abilities to make 10-miles one mile hike and stay within your comfort zone. Or you can visit some fabulous places in Utah, which we described in Utah National Parks Road Trip Itinerary.

people playing in the Havasu waterfalls.
stunning cascade of water on orange rock cliffs at Havasu Falls in Arizona.

Hike to Havasu

If you have a permit to Havasu, depart very early from Peach Springs – depending on the season, it might be even useful to leave at 3 am. From your hotel, you will be heading to Hilltop Parking at the Havasupai Trailhead. Here you will find details about this hike and trailhead.

In summer, you should be there as early as possible and start your 10-mile hike at 5:30 am or even earlier to avoid scorching day on your first exposed part of the hike. It would be best if you reached the trees and shadows at about 9:30 am. And get to Supai Village 1 hour later.

You can check our very detailed description of the hike in the post: All you need to know about hike to Havasu Falls

On the first day after the whole hike to Havasu Falls and putting up your tent, you will probably be tired, so we recommend relaxing at the creek – the best idea is to have a hammock and listen to the fast-flowing water. Check our Havasupai Packing List to pack only essentials for this challenging hike!

WARNING: Trip to Havasu can be made only as 4 days/3 nights, and your most likely option is to sleep in a tent (lodge rooms are limited and very hard to get). The cost is also very high – camping in a tent costs 455 USD/per person.

Day 11 of Arizona Road Trip Itinerary – Havasu Falls Day 2

If you feel good after sleeping in the tent and the weather is good, we recommend going to Beaver Falls. This hike is not that easy but worth doing. It will take you most of the day, and you should start early to catch the best sun in the waterfall (you can check all the details in our article focused on photography: Havasu Creek Waterfalls Photography Guide.

On the way to Beaver, you will have a chance to admire incredible Mooney Falls also. If you feel good after getting back from Beaver hike, it might be a good idea to visit Havasu Falls at sunset. Otherwise just spend another evening in the hammock at the river. It’s very unique experience!

blue cascade of water in havasu falls.

Day 12 of Arizona Road Trip Itinerary – Havasupai Waterfalls Day 3

On the third day of your life experience in Havasupai, we suggest doing some swimming in Havasu Falls. Water gets warmer after 9:30 am, depending on the season, and early in the morning, it shouldn’t be that crowded.

After having some relax in breathtaking Havasu Falls, you can go further in the direction of Supai village to admire Fifty Foot Falls and Little Navajo Falls. Those waterfalls are also great for swimming and bathing in the water. Even in October, we were able to spend there a couple of hours.

Day 13 of Arizona Road Trip Itinerary – Route 66 – Hackberry, Kingman

On that day, you have to get back from Havasupai to Hilltop Parking. Most people will hike up. Some of them will try to catch a helicopter or at least put the luggage on the mules.

Whatever are your plans for this day, you should start packing your camping early in the morning, the latest just after sunrise. Please remember that you will be going up in the sun. The hike up from Havasu to the parking lot can take you up to 5-8 hours, depending on your fitness level and the weather.

In this itinerary, we assumed that you start early and have time to see some other parts of route 66. Still, optionally if the day is really hot and the temperature is high, we suggest skipping this part and waiting with the hike till early afternoon to avoid overheating your body on the hike up.

sunset at Hackberry on route 66 in arizona.

But we are sure that you will make it in the first part of the day and will have time to drive route 66 to Kingman for the night. On your way, don’t miss a fantastic stop in Hackberry. You will find there a lot of route 66 history artifacts like old cars and memorabilia. It’s an incredible opportunity to take amazing pictures.

From Hackberry, you will drive to Kingman. Stay for the night there. The town is maybe not as charming as Williams, but still tells a lot of history. And it is excellent from the lodging perspective due to a lot of old cheap hotels and restaurants. You will find here also a place to camp your motorhome.

On the map below you can check the best hotel deals in Kingman.


Day 14 – Arizona Road Trip – Arizona Hot Springs & Hoover Dam

If you are making your road trip in the fall or spring, you have a great chance to soak in beautiful Arizona Hot Springs. This place is still not very popular, so there is a chance to avoid crowds.

The good idea is to be there around noon, mainly because it requires 1-2 hours of hiking one way from the parking lot. The hike itself is also fascinating, and you can do it in two different ways – we described everything in detail in the Arizona Natural Hot Springs article.

Getting back from Arizona Hot Springs to Las Vegas, you can’t omit the legendary Hoover Dam. You will be passing it on your right heading to Vegas. Two options are possible. You can just stop by or take a tour – it depends on how much time do you have for this place.

We wish you an amazing Arizona road trip adventure! If you like it our Arizona Road Trip Itinerary and it’s helpful for you, please share it!

Las Vegas hotels by night.
fountains in Las Vegas.

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  1. I’ve always heard so many great things abour traveling to Arizona especially about the grand canyons. Hopefully, I can visit there someday. 

  2. Arizona
    looks fascinating, and I always thought it was just desert!I’m mesmerised by this post, because I’d want to see everything. As a sunset lover it’s good to know I’ve plenty of excellent viewing points. Havasaui Falls and the Grand Canyon Rim sit high at the top of my list. I hope I get to visit one day!

  3. It is such a coincidence that only yesterday my sister-in-law who stays in Arizona and is here on vacation in India asked me ‘When do I see your post on Grand Canyon?’. And I replied next year. Such a wonderful post to help me plan.

  4. Great post!! It never sparked to travel around Arizona and it hasn’t been on my list but your post makes me realize what I am really missing. I would love to travel to Arizona and try out some of the recommendations you listed. I love all of the pictures you have posted especially Havasupai. Saving this post for future.

  5. This is a great detailed itinerary plan for making the most of your time in Arizona. I visited Las Vegas a few years ago but only had two days there so never had the time to explore and visit the Grand Canyon- I vowed I’d go back and see it. I’m glad I found this post as it’s given me some good ideas. I’d really like to see the horseshoe bend and the beautiful rock formations in Monument Valley and the Valley of Fire.

  6. Wow! Very nice and informative blog, you have mentioned very briefly about the whole Grand Canyon area and about with a perfect demographical chart. Along with this your 14-day Itinerary perfectly described all tour programs. I have never visited the area before, but I would love to visit the place very soon, as you have mentioned the best time to travel there is springtime. I would love to add one fact –  the name of Arizona come from O’odham name alĭ ṣonak, meaning “small spring.

  7. One of the most detailed blog posts I have read so far on Arizona. I would love to visit someday and your blog post would be so handy to refer and plan my itinerary. Hot spring and the hike to the waterfall look so inviting but I guess getting the permit as a tourist would be a challenging task. 

  8. So much great information! I have been wanting to visit Horseshoe bend but I’m so glad I haven’t yet because this is the first I’ve heard of canyon x and I would have been bummed if I missed it! I haven’t been to monument valley since I was little, good to know it’s so close. I actually have gone stargazing in Sedona, I didn’t see a UFO…

  9. So much great information! I have been wanting to visit Horseshoe bend but I’m so glad I haven’t yet because this is the first I’ve heard of canyon x and I would have been bummed if I missed it! I haven’t been to monument valley since I was little, good to know it’s so close. I actually have gone stargazing in Sedona, I didn’t see a UFO…

  10. This is SO amazing.  An Arizona roadtrip was on my agenda for October this year, but due to COVID it is be re-scheduled for next year.  This itinerary is amazing and covers everything that I’m interest in (all of the National Parks 🙂 )THANK YOU!

  11. Wow! This is SO informative and you can tell you put a lot of effort in to this! So incredibly helpful for planning a trip to Arizona – thanks for the estimated driving time to all of these beautiful spots! I’ve only ever been to Vegas but we keep saying next time we want to rent a car and explore more! Thank you!

  12. What an amazing, detailed and informative guide to seeing much of the natural beauty Arizona is so famous for.  All the work is done here for anyone planning a two-week vacation with so many fabulous scenic stops and wonders to enjoy.  Thanks for the heads-up on the vehicle situation when wanting to see Monument Valley – we will need to rent a car from a company that has no problems with visiting this awesome site.  You have made me look forward to a future trip here so much.  Very inspiring.

  13. Gosh I bad want to go there… But I think this year I must be satisfied by visiting local! Loved your photos and especially loved the info about the rainfall. 🙂

  14. This is a great itinerary! We did the drive from Vegas to the Grand Canyon to Phoenix about 10 years ago, but would love to go back and see more like Flagstaff and the Horseshoe bend. Beautiful pics 🙂

  15. Arizona is such a beautiful state. There is so much nature to see and explore, it would be paradise for me! Havasuppi is high on my list of places to visit and the fact that it is so secluded and difficult to get to makes it even more intriguing. The Grand Canyon is also high on my list. Route 66 would be a great experience-I am a big road trip person and this is one of my dream road trips. Your photos are stunning and really show the beauty of nature in this area. I love that you have included so many nature attractions as this is one of the things we are still able to do with COVID. 

  16. Wow! This really is the ultimate guide to all the amazing and remarkable sites in Arizona, including but not limited to the Grand Canyon. I would love to take this exact road trip. Your images are stunning! Thanks for sharing this gorgeous part of the US with us!

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