3 days in Tempe & Sedona Itinerary

3 days in Tempe & Sedona Itinerary

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3 days in Tempe & Sedona Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
bus:  30​min
1
Tempe
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Phoenix

1
day
Tempe

Tempe ©
Tempe, also known as Hayden's Ferry during the territorial times of Arizona, is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with the Census Bureau reporting a 2010 population of 161,719. On the 11th (Fri), buy something for everyone on your list at Tempe Marketplace and then take a stroll through Old Town Scottsdale.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tempe tour builder app .

Phoenix to Tempe is an approximately half hour bus ride. You can also take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Tempe can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Tempe

Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Old Town Scottsdale
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Old Town Scottsdale ©
Old Town Scottsdale
Tempe Marketplace ©
Tempe Marketplace

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 12th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Holy Cross, and finally pause for some photo ops at 911 Memorial.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sedona trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Tempe to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a shuttle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tempe in October, with highs in Sedona at 77°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Bell Rock ©
Bell Rock

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