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ITINERARY (AND SOME TIPS) FOR NORTHERN ARIZONA

Written by DanielaZavala. Posted in Itineraries, PracticalAdvice, Tips

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Published on March 23, 2014 with No Comments

There is A LOT to see and do in Arizona, but if you have a few days, here are two suggested itineraries. I did this route actually in three days! Yes, a lot of driving, but it was so beautiful and scenic that even a person like me -who hates driving- was able to enjoy the long daily rides.

The following is a more “relaxed” version of the itinerary I did (the three day version is at the end).

The scenery won’t disappoint, and considering how much travel I have done in 15 years, I am a traveler hard to impressed, but Northern Arizona did!

ITINERARY 5 NIGHTS-6 DAYS

DAY 1

Drive from Phoenix to Page: 4 hours 12 minutes (Total miles: 273)
Directions: Via I-17 N and US-89 N

The Must-See in Page:

-Horseshoe Bend

-Antelope Canyon. The best time to visit the Antelope Canyon is at noon because the rays from the sun come through the canyon and it is spectaculars. The tours (at 11am and 12pm) are pricer but worth the extra money. Arrive in advance to make sure you get in, especially in high season. Do not pay an expensive tour in Page. Just drive to the entrance of the Antelope Valley where you can get inside by a tour provider by a native. I had the pleasure to have 21-year-old Cordell James, an excellent guide who by the way took the best photos I got. If you want to get in touch with this young and enthusiastic guide (who I strongly recommend), this is his email cordelljames73@yahoo.com

-Glenn Dam

-Glenn Canyon

DAY 2

Drive from Page to the famous Wave Rock, a sandstone rock formation located in the Arizona-Utah border on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes: 2 hours 19 minutes (Total miles: 61.1 miles) Directions: via US-89.

Only 20 people are allowed a day. You can apply online four months in advance to get the permit (this is the link: ) Or you can try to get into the lottery to get a ticket for next day, so this require you to add an extra day to this itinerary because you have to drive to Kanab, Utah (74.1 miles from Page, about 1 hour 15 minutes ride) where a lottery takes place every morning to grant extra 10 spots for the following day. This lottery takes place every day at 8:30am in the Paria Information Station in Kanab, Utah. I did go to Kanab to get into the lottery but wasn’t among the lucky ones to have the privilege to visit the Wave. However, there are plenty to see around, including: the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Kaibab,

DAY 3

Drive from Page to Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ: 2 hours 3 minutes (Total miles: 121)
Directions: Take AZ-98 E and then US-160 E. To reach the park, you must take the Highway 163, which is the only way.

You can drive around and get different extraordinary views from different angles, but for postal like pics, drive to The View Hotel inside the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. In there you can also pay an extra fee to drive inside the park via a loop, or get a guided tour by a native.

DAY 4

Drive from Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ to Flagstaff: 2 hours and 51 minutes (Total miles: 172). Directons: Take US-160 W and then US-89 S

Visit the historical old town and go skiing (in winter time). You can also do day treks including horseback riding tours. If you are in the mode for something more adventurous, check this “extreme” park www.flagstaffextreme.com

DAY 5

Drive from Flagstaff to Oak Creeks and Sedona: 40 minutes. (Total miles: 28) Directions: via AZ-89A S/N State Rte 89A

Otherwise, you can drive to Oak Creeks for a trek (there are MANY) but some recommended are: Cathedral Rock (short but steep), West Fork Trail (about 7 miles round trip, but very scenic), Fay Canyon, or Palatki.

After a trek, visit Sedona’s downtown. Again, if you have the time, spend two days to explore around and to enjoy its beauty and mysticism as well as its good restaurants, including: Portal Inn and Secret Garden (for breakfast), Oak Creek brewery, and Mesa Grill.

DAY 6

Drive from Sedona to Phoenix: 1 hour 51 minutes (Total Miles: 116 miles ) Directions: Via I-17 S. End of trip

ITINERARY 2 NIGHTS-3 DAYS

DAY 1

Drive from Phoenix to Page: 4 hours 12 minutes (Total miles: 273)
Directions: Via I-17 N and US-89 N

The Must-See in Page:

-Horseshoe Bend

-Antelope Canyon. The best time to visit the Antelope Canyon is at noon because the rays from the sun come through the canyon and it is spectaculars. The tours (at 11am and 12pm) are pricer but worth the extra money. Arrive in advance to make sure you get in, especially in high season. Do not pay an expensive tour in Page. Just drive to the entrance of the Antelope Valley where you can get inside by a tour provider by a native. I had the pleasure to have 21-year-old Cordell James, an excellent guide who by the way took the best photos I got. If you want to get in touch with this young and enthusiastic guide (who I strongly recommend), this is his email cordelljames73@yahoo.com

-Glenn Dam

-Glenn Canyon

DAY 2

Drive from Page to Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ: 2 hours 3 minutes (Total miles: 121)
Directions: Take AZ-98 E and then US-160 E. To reach the park, you must take the Highway 163, which is the only way.

You can drive around and get different extraordinary views from different angles, but for postal like pics, drive to The View Hotel inside the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. In there you can also pay an extra fee to drive inside the park via a loop, or get a guided tour by a native.

After the visit, drive from Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ to Flagstaff: 2 hours and 51 minutes (Total miles: 172). Directons: Take US-160 W and then US-89 S. Spend the night there.

DAY 3

Drive first time in the morning from Flagstaff to Sedona, doing a stop at Oak Creeks: 40 minutes. (Total miles: 28) Directions: via AZ-89A S/N State Rte 89A

In Oaks Creek, you can do one of the treks. There are MANY but some recommended are: Cathedral Rock (short but steep), West Fork Trail (about 7 miles round trip, but very scenic), Fay Canyon, or Palatki.

After a trek, visit Sedona’s downtown. It is worth staying for a day or two to relax and explore, but if not, walk around the town, enjoy the energy and taste the good food at some of its great restaurants, including: Portal Inn and Secret Garden (for breakfast), Oak Creek brewery, and Mesa Grill.

Leave in the evening to Phoenix. From Sedona to Phoenix: 1 hour 51 minutes (Total Miles: 116 miles ) Directions: Via I-17 S. End of trip

If you decide to do this 3-day-trip, you will end up tired, but satisfied and with your heart pounding with joy. Or at least, that’s how I felt at the end of that journey:)

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