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

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

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Phoenix
— 1 day
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Sedona
— 4 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 day
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Phoenix
— 2 nights
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Phoenix — 1 day

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. On the 20th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Phoenix trip planner.

Newark to Phoenix is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Newark in April, plan for much hotter days in Phoenix, with highs around 88°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 62°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Wed) before leaving for Sedona.
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Sedona — 4 nights

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Escape the urban bustle at Doe Mountain Trail and Fay Canyon Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Montezuma Castle National Monument and Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sedona: Jerome State Historic Park (in Jerome) and Hillside Letter C (in Clarkdale). There's lots more to do: cruise along Schnebly Hill Vista Overlook, view the masterpieces at Village Gallery of Local Artists, shop like a local with Navarro Gallery & Sculpture Garden, and trek along Bear Mountain Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sedona trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Sedona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Phoenix in April, with highs in Sedona at 72°F and lows at 48°F. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 1 day

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, then admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and finally examine the collection at Yavapai Geology Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning website.

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in April, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Phoenix.
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Phoenix — 2 nights

On the 25th (Mon), experience rural life at The Farm at South Mountain, then get your bearings at Mesa Temple & Visitors' Center, and then hike along Echo Canyon Trail and Recreation Area.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Phoenix day trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Phoenix by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, expect Phoenix to be much hotter, temps between 88°F and 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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