12 days in Phoenix & Minneapolis Itinerary

12 days in Phoenix & Minneapolis Itinerary

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12 days in Phoenix & Minneapolis Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  7​h
Phoenix
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Minneapolis
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
New York City

5
days
Phoenix

Phoenix
Phoenix is the capital, and largest city, of the state of Arizona. Family-friendly places like Desert Botanical Garden and Rawhide Western Town & Event Center will thrill your kids. Step out of Phoenix to go to Scottsdale and see Taliesin West, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, admire the masterpieces at Phoenix Art Museum, and look for gifts at Cerreta Candy Company.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Phoenix holiday planner.

New York City to Phoenix is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in July; daily highs in Phoenix reach 106°F and lows reach 84°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Sleepy Dog Brewing Company, Rawhide Western Town & Event Center, Cerreta Candy Company
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Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden
Phoenix Zoo
Phoenix Zoo
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

6
days
Minneapolis

Minneapolis
Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like National Eagle Center and Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Take a break from the city and head to Minnehaha Park and Lake Harriet. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Minneapolis: Crystal Cave (in Spring Valley), Candyland (in Stillwater) and Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota (in Hastings). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Nickelodeon Universe, enjoy some diversion at Target Field, take in nature's colorful creations at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of America.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Minneapolis holiday planner.

Getting from Phoenix to Minneapolis by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Phoenix in July, you will find days in Minneapolis are colder (84°F), and nights are a bit cooler (66°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bloomington, Saint Paul, National Eagle Center, Minnesota Zoo, Valleyfair
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National Eagle Center
National Eagle Center
Nickelodeon Universe ©
Nickelodeon Universe
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

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