16 days in Phoenix, Sedona & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

16 days in Phoenix, Sedona & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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16 days in Phoenix, Sedona & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
1
Phoenix
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Phoenix

9
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Let the collections at Musical Instrument Museum and Heard Museum capture your imagination. Visit Goldfield Ghost Town and St. Mary's Basilica for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Scottsdale (McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Taliesin West, & more), St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery (in Florence) and Casa Grande Ruins National Monument (in Coolidge). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden, trot along with a tour on horseback, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Phoenix Zoo, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Phoenix. In April, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Tempe, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Franciscan Renewal Center, Superstition Ranch Market
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Heard Museum ©
Heard Museum

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), Red Rock State Park and Meteor Crater. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Meteor Crater, take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock State Park, then explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, then admire the striking features of Chapel of the Holy Cross, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Bearizona Wildlife Park and then admire the masterpieces at Arizona Copper Art Museum.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Sedona itinerary site .

Getting from Phoenix to Sedona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a shuttle. In May, Sedona is slightly colder than Phoenix - with highs of 78°F and lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bearizona Wildlife Park, Arizona Copper Art Museum, Meteor Crater
Highlights from your plan
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Meteor Crater ©
Meteor Crater

3
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 11th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest. Keep things going the next day: take in a show at Hopi House, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park online attractions planner .

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sedona in May, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, around 33°F, while days are slightly colder, around 68°F. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Hermit's Rest ©
Hermit's Rest

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