7 days in Scottsdale & Sedona Itinerary

7 days in Scottsdale & Sedona Itinerary

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7 days in Scottsdale & Sedona Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Scottsdale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Sedona
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Columbus

2
nights
Scottsdale

Scottsdale ©
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Old Town Scottsdale and Elan Wollitzer Gallery. Get some cultural insight at Musical Instrument Museum and Heard Museum. Step out of Scottsdale with an excursion to Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery in Chandler--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden, look for gifts at Outrageous Olive Oil & Vinegar, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Scottsdale tour itinerary planning app .

Columbus to Scottsdale is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Columbus to Scottsdale. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Columbus in May; daily highs in Scottsdale reach 93°F and lows reach 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Phoenix, Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Old Town Scottsdale ©
Old Town Scottsdale

4
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Shop till you drop at Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art and Renee Taylor Gallery. Popular historic sites such as Chapel of the Holy Cross and Walnut Canyon National Monument are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), hike along Devil's Bridge Trail, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sedona day trip app .

Traveling by car from Scottsdale to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Scottsdale in May, expect Sedona to be a bit cooler, temps between 78°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Walnut Canyon National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)

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