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Your Guide to an Amazing 5-Day Arizona Road Trip

Hop in the car, and check out this itinerary for an epic Arizona road trip

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A hiker walking on a trail through the Grand Canyon near the Colorado River

Travel experts predict that 2022 will be a road trip renaissance. Many turned to road trips in the early days of the pandemic to practice socially distanced travel.

Even as restrictions ease, road trips will continue as people take their summer vacations by car. Epic road trips offer the chance to see more of a destination and are often an economical option.

The United States is full of road trip routes, from the California coast to South Carolina. Consider traveling from Scottsdale, Arizona, to Sedona, Arizona, to the Grand Canyon National Park for your next road trip. Arizona is full of things to do for spring breakers, family vacationers and adventure-seekers alike. Hit the road and enjoy beautiful desert landscapes and picture-perfect weather with this five-day Arizona road trip itinerary.

Day One – Scottsdale

Saguaro cactus in the desert near Scottsdale, Arizona 

Fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and head to nearby Scottsdale for a day packed with outdoor adventures.

Day Two – Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale in Arizona 

After spending a day in the sun, take it easy by exploring Scottsdale proper.

Day Three – Sedona

Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona, at sunset 

After two days in Scottsdale, head to Sedona, just a two-hour drive north, for even more outdoor adventures.

Day Four – Sedona

Spanish style wedding chapel at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona, Arizona 

While you could spend days in Red Rock Country, Sedona is full of plenty of things to do and see.

Day Five – Grand Canyon National Park 

Ooh Ahh Point, along the South Kaibab Trail, with a view of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona 

What’s an Arizona road trip without stopping at the Grand Canyon National Park? Finish your vacation with these sights for an unforgettable road trip.

  • On the way, stop at the Wupatki National Monument, just outside of Flagstaff, Arizona. Walk around the pueblo ruins of Wupatki, one of the largest ancient Native American sites in Arizona.
  • Start at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, and check out the Visitor Center to learn about the history of this geological wonder.
  • Hike the South Kaibab Trail to Ooh Aah Point for spectacular views of the Grand Canyon.
  • While driving to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, stop your car at the Historic Navajo Bridge. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may even spot California condors circling the skies.
  • Eat at the Desert View Trading Post for lunch, and check out the Desert View Watchtower for another incredible view.

Read “Level-Up Your Road Trip and Stay With Hilton Grand Vacations” for how one Owner uses her Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare to take epic road trips.

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