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Arizona Itinerary with Kids

Apr 2, 2021 | Arizona | 0 comments

I want to help you plan your perfect vacation to Arizona with your kids. There is so much to see and do in this beautiful state. If you are getting ready for your trip, then you have come to the right place. Here is my travel guide to Arizona with the kids. Welcome to the Stunning Southwest!

Two kids standing on Bell Rock in Arizona,| Arizona Itinerary with Kids

Here is a sample of my 7-day Arizona Itinerary for kids. I hope this helps!


Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Rental Car

We rented a Subaru Outback from Dollar Rental. A Car that was perfect for our family. The price was right, it was easy to drive, we could park it in tight spots, and there was plenty of trunk space for our luggage. If you want to be more adventurous during your stay in Arizona, I suggest a Jeep Wrangler. Jeeps are another popular and exciting way to explore Arizona.

Arizona Itinerary with Kids

Day 1- Phoenix

My itinerary starts with a flight to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, where you can start your day in Phoenix. I suggest starting at the Arizona Botanical Gardens because it’s a short 9-minute drive from the airport. It is a great way to begin your trip and your kids can burn off some energy walking the trails (which is much needed after a flight). The botanical gardens will put everyone in the Arizona mood really quickly.

Check out my blog post to learn more.

Woman with child in the desert botanical gardens posing near a tall cactus.| Arizona Itinerary with Kids
Two kids posing in the Indian cave in Arizona.| Arizona Itinerary with Kids
Man and child hiking in Arizona.| Arizona Itinerary with Kids

Lunch at Arcadia, The Strand Burger Shop

I wanted to try this place after seeing the Bella Twins (yes, the female wrestlers) on tv eating at this burger joint while they were pregnant. I was very pleased because the burgers are juicy and tasty. Also, you must have a shake with your burger. Try the Salted Dulce de Leche shake. So good!

The Strand restaurant menu.| Arizona Itinerary with Kids
Woman holding The Strand shake in her car. | Arizona Itinerary with Kids

Spend the Night at Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel in Williams, AZ

We spent our first night in Williams next to the train station. It was part of a package deal we bought through the Grand Canyon Railway website. The Grand Canyon Railway is a western train ride that takes you to the Grand Canyon and back. It is a great way to get younger kids excited about seeing the Grand Canyon.

If you want to learn more about the train ride click here for the Grand Canyon Railway blog post.

A group of men known as the crew of the grand canyon railway train ride. | Arizona Itinerary with Kids
Man dressed as a sheriff pretending to pull off a child's hot. | Arizona Itinerary with Kids

Day 2- Train Ride to Grand Canyon

After spending the night at the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel, you then board the train for a fun western train ride to the Grand Canyon. We spent the rest of the day and that night at the Grand Canyon. There are several hotels at the Grand Canyon. We selected the second-tier hotel called the Grand Canyon at Kachina.

Click here to Visting Grand Canyon in the winter blog post.

Two kids looking out the train window at the snowy woods. | Arizona Itinerary with Kids
Woman posing in front of the Grand Canyon. | Arizona Itinerary with Kids
Two kids playing in the snow at the Grand Canyon. | Arizona Itinerary with Kids

Day 3- Train Ride back to Williams

After a day at the Grand Canyon, we boarded the train to head back to Williams. Our package came with another night at the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel, which was perfect because we were exhausted. There is no charge to leave your car in their parking lot during your train ride, and during your stay at the Grand Canyon.

Role play robbery with man riding a horse in the desert during the grand canyon railway train ride. | Arizona Itinerary with Kids
Role play robbery with man robbing a train passenger during the grand canyon railway train ride. | Arizona Itinerary with Kids

Day 4- Spend a day in Williams

There is so much to see and do in Williams. There is a reason this small city is featured on all the travel channels.

Click here to read my blog post.

Tiger at the zoo. | Arizona Itinerary with Kids
Black bear at the zoo. | Arizona Itinerary with Kids

Day 4 & 5- Sedona

This is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I can not express enough how important it is to see Sedona while you are in Arizona.

Click here to read more about Sedona

Little girl sitting on a rock ledge in Bell Rock in Sedona. | Arizona Itinerary with Kids
Woman dancing with kid on the path in Sedona. | Arizona Itinerary with Kids

Day 6 & 7 – Stay in Scottsdale & visit Phoenix

Head back to Phoenix for your flight and stay at the beautiful Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale, Curio Collection by Hilton. This hotel just screams Arizona. We could even hear the desert coyotes at night right outside our room. Our family spent the rest of our trip hanging out at the hotel pool and enjoying the desert view.

My view with coffee every morning.

Woman holding her coffee cup with a desert view in front of her. | Arizona Itinerary with Kids


If you want some amazing pizza try the famous Pizzeria Bianco. It is delicious!

Plate of pizza. | Arizona Itinerary with Kids

I had no clue Arizona was so beautiful. I felt beyond blessed to get to experience and drive all around Arizona. I wanted to add Antelope Canyon to my list but it is closed. The Navajo Nation Government at the time decided to keep Tribal parks closed until they deemed them safe.

Arizona Itinerary with Kids

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