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Three of the country’s most incredible national parks, all located in the Western U.S. state of Arizona. 

The itinerary goes to the three National Parks in Arizona in this order:
  - Saguaro National Park 
  - Petrified Forest National Park 
  - Grand Canyon National Park 

Get ready to explore the diverse natural landscapes and structures within Arizona’s National Parks including red rocks, dramatic canyon views, cacti forests, and colorful badlands. Exploring Arizona will have you amazed because it offers some of the most iconic landscapes, viewpoints, and hikes.  

Where the Arizona National Parks Itinerary Goes:

               22-pages of expert advice to help you navigate your Arizona's national parks road trip and maximize your experience. The guide includes the best things to do in each park, recommended hikes, things to see, where to stay near the national parks, and recommendations for where to eat for each stop on the Arizona National Parks Trip itinerary.

It also includes the driving route, mileage and time it takes to drive between them, packing lists, and tips on where to fly into and what kind of car to rent.



December 2023

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5 Day Arizona National Parks Trip Itinerary
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What to pack

Where to stay each night

How This Itinerary Will Help You
The exact route to take to visit each park including mileage between parks & how much time to allot for driving. The itinerary includes routes for these legs of the trip so you can visit all 3 in one trip, or break it up and take different legs across multiple trips.

-Tucson to Saguaro National Park 
-Saguaro National Park to Petrified Forest National Park 
-Petrified Forest National Park to Grand Canyon National Park 
-Grand Canyon to Phoenix or Grand Canyon to Tucson 

Where to Stay

Hotel recommendations for each night on the 5 day Arizona National Parks Road Trip including the budget-friendly hotel we actually stayed in and a couple other recommendations.

-Where to stay in Tucson
-Where to near Petrified Forest National Park 
-Where to stay near Grand Canyon National Park 

Hiking Recommendations in Each National Park

Hikes we did in each park including mileage, how much time to allow for each hike, what you can expect to see along the hikes, and tips for what to pack to make this hike more special. That could mean an extra warm jacket, crampons, or a lunch - either way we have you covered! We also include park hours & park entrance fees. 

-Best hikes in Saguaro National Park 
-Best hikes in Petrified Forest National Park
-Best hikes in Grand Canyon National Park 

length of trail

Activities & Extras

We include everything you need to just show up and have fun! The itinerary lists unique overlooks, things to do, and other things to do on the trip that aren’t hiking. We also share packing lists, helpful squad tips, where to eat around the parks, and tips for navigating the airport and rental car to begin and end your trip.

-Best things to see in all 3 national parks
-Where to eat around each national park or the drive between
-Stops along the drives 
-Packing list for the Arizona National Park Trip 
-Airports to fly into
-Where to get a rental car + tips to get a good deal

When you purchase the itinerary, you will be redirected to a link where you can immediately download the itinerary, in PDF format. Due to the immediate access to all the information, we do not provide refunds. However, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, contact us and let us know. We want to hear from you.

What's your refund policy?

Yes! Time is money. This itinerary is designed to save the guesswork of what to do, what to see, and where to sleep and give you the costs so you can budget for this trip. We also give squad tips that will help save on things like car rentals and getting the best hotel rate. You can also check out our episode with money saving travel tips to save even more on this trip and others!

Will this save me any money?

Absolutely! You'll still need to sleep, eat, and get from spot to spot. You'll find all that in our itinerary and more! While there are a few advanced hikes listed in the itinerary, we offer alternate options as well. We've also packed in the viewpoints we visited, and how to structure your day to maximize your trip and do everything you want to do.

I don't like to hike. Will I still find value in this itinerary?

A lot! There are three national parks in the state of Arizona. We provide an itinerary that replicates our experience with all our learnings for the optimal trip within the parks including hikes, overlooks, and experiences we did and can vouch for that they’re worth it.

What is there to do in Arizona's National Parks?

This itinerary breaks down everything in one PDF guide. We have several episodes on Arizona’s National Parks: Grand Canyon Trip & Saguaro and Petrified Forest. The itinerary adds even more value by planning every detail of a 5-day trip so all you have to do is truly book it, show up and enjoy the trip. We learn a lot on our trips about things that were worth it, things we wish we did, and the optimal route to take if we could do it over. You benefit from those learnings with this itinerary! Our podcast episodes tell you what we did, but not to the level of detail you'll find within our itinerary. 

What's different about your itinerary from your podcast episode?

Arizona National Parks Itinerary F.A.Q.

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