5 days in Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona Itinerary

5 days in Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona Itinerary

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Start: Phoenix
1
Phoenix
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
2
Scottsdale
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
End: Phoenix

1
night
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum and then see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Phoenix online road trip planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiport is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. In April in Phoenix, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Tours Outdoors
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Off-Road Tours

1
night
Scottsdale

Scottsdale ©
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Butterfly Wonderland, then look for all kinds of wild species at McDowell Sonoran Preserve, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Elan Wollitzer Gallery. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Taliesin West and then examine the collection at ASU Museum Ceramics Center and Brickyard Gallery.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Scottsdale trip planning site.

Scottsdale is very close to Phoenix. In April in Scottsdale, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

ASU Museum Ceramics Center and Brickyard Gallery
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Butterfly Wonderland ©
Butterfly Wonderland
Taliesin West ©
Taliesin West
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, then take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock, then stop by Cocopah, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Navarro Gallery & Sculpture Garden.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sedona attractions website.

Traveling by car from Scottsdale to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Scottsdale in April, with highs in Sedona at 26°C and lows at 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)
Off-Road Tours

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