8 days in Phoenix, Sedona & Flagstaff Itinerary

8 days in Phoenix, Sedona & Flagstaff Itinerary

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8 days in Phoenix, Sedona & Flagstaff Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
1
Phoenix
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Sedona
— 4 nights
bus:  45​min
3
Flagstaff
— 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 16th (Tue): explore the engaging exhibits at Children’s Museum of Phoenix, then see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, and then stop by See's Candies. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Phoenix Art Museum, admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Old Town Scottsdale.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Phoenix day trip planning tool .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Phoenix. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in October, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Scottsdale
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Phoenix Art Museum ©
Phoenix Art Museum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden

4
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Appreciate the collections at Sharlot Hall Museum and Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Oak Creek Vista Point and Jerome State Historic Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sedona: Whiskey Row (in Prescott), Zen Mountain Gallery (in Jerome) and V-Bar-V Heritage Site (in Rimrock). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, take in the exciting artwork at Navarro Gallery & Sculpture Garden, examine the collection at Arizona Copper Art Museum, and hike along Doe Mountain Trail.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sedona online trip maker .

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. Traveling from Phoenix in October, expect Sedona to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Sedona

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Jerome, Prescott, V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Arizona Copper Art Museum
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Arizona Copper Art Museum ©
Arizona Copper Art Museum
V-Bar-V Heritage Site ©
V-Bar-V Heritage Site
Sharlot Hall Museum ©
Sharlot Hall Museum

2
nights
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
On the 22nd (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Williams Depot, then deepen your understanding at Northern Arizona University, and then contemplate the long history of Riordan Mansion State Historic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Lava River Cave, see the interesting displays at Museum of Northern Arizona, and then wander the streets of Historic Downtown and Railroad District.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Flagstaff trip builder website .

Traveling by bus from Sedona to Flagstaff takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Sedona in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Flagstaff, with highs around 65°F, while nights are colder with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Williams Depot
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Riordan Mansion State Historic Park ©
Williams Depot ©
Williams Depot
Museum of Northern Arizona ©
Museum of Northern Arizona

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