Arizona has such incredible landscape, and my goal is to see as much of it as possible!
Arizona has been checked off of my list on my road to visit all 50 states since the first year. In fact, it's the first state we marked off. We live in Minnesota, but Arizona is the first trip Matthew and I took together shortly after we started dating.
I've been to Arizona many times. My company's headquarters are located in Scottsdale, so I have been there for various trainings and conferences over the years. Most of my time has been spent in and around Scottsdale, with one trip to Tombstone during a long training where we had a weekend free to explore.
in 2019 Matthew and I went to Arizona to visit friends of his. We stayed with his friend in Mesa for most of the trip, and drove up to Las Vegas for a couple of days while there. We did visit Sedona and Suspicion Mountain as well.
As I searched for destinations to round out my 50 state travel plans, I'd constantly see different pictures and posts of Arizona destinations that took my breath away. While this trip will likely be an add on trip either after we finish the rest of the US states, or possibly an extra trip in a year that we have less travel planned, I've decided that we need to do Arizona justice.
Since my journey began to plan our 50 state travel, I've spent countless hours researching to ensure we get the most out of each trip. Since Arizona was visited prior to this, it counted as visited without the same diligence. Therefore, below is my itinerary for a week seeing the highlights of Arizona parks and landscape.
Day one: Fly to Phoenix, drive to Saguaro National Park
Tucson Mountain District
Bajada Loop Drive
Valleyview Overlook Trail
Signal Hill Petroglyphs
Desert Discovery Trail
Day two: Visit Saguaro National Park, Drive to Petrified Forest
Rincon Mountain District
Cactus Forest Drive
Day three: Visit Petrified Forest, Drive to Monument Valley
Painted Desert Inn
Blue Mesa Trail
Day four: Monument Valley
Valley Drive Loop
Forest Gump Point
Day five: Drive to Antelope Canyon
Upper Antelope Canyon tour
Lower Antelope Canyon tour
Day six: Drive to Grand Canyon
Grand View Point
Day seven: Visit Grand Canyon, drive to Sedona
Desert View Point
Grand Canyon Village
Desert View Drive
Day eight: Visit Sedona
Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts
Day nine: Drive to Phoenix, fly home